FIA F3 CHAMPIONSHIP, SOCHI, RACE TWO REPORT
In the final round of the season, the Team Trident drivers were among the leading performers. Nelson Piquet was forced to surrender by a technical issue while he was third, while Niko Kari took fifth place.
In the second race held on the Russian track of Sochi, home to
last round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, Team Trident took fifth place with 19-year-old Finnish driver Niko Kari, who was coming from a podium in yesterday's first race thanks to third place. The Finnish driver showed a solid race pace, recovering a position compared to the grid. Pedro Piquet put in a noteworthy performance and firmly occupied the third position until the final stages of the race when he was forced to retire due to a technical problem. The South American driver has nevertheless achieved the goal of defending the fifth position in the championship standings. On the other hand, 19-year-old Canadian driver Devlin Defrancesco delivered a comeback race, managing to go back up from the 23rd position on the starting grid to 12th place at the finish. Defrancesco showed a remarkable pace, and the potential needed to become a consistent scorer.
While Sochi hosted the last round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship calendar, the cars of the third category will be back again in the third week of November at the Macau Grand Prix, a unique one-off international exhibition race whose fame is world-renowned. An excellent result on the roads of the former Portuguese Protectorate can, in fact, be worth one season.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We ended the season with a remarkable performance. We were competitive in qualifying, while in the first race Niko Kari returned to the podium and in the second Pedro Piquet would have scored the same result if he had not been forced to retire by a technical problem. Defrancesco's comeback was also very positive. Unfortunately, he paid the price of a low starting position. Now we will focus on the preparation work for the fascinating trip to Macao".