FIA F3 Championship, Spa-Francorchamps, Race One Report
21-year-old Brazilian Pedro Piquet took his first win of the season at the legendary Belgian track after putting up an overwhelming dominance. Devlin Defrancesco was involved in a first-lap contact while Niko Kari ended up in P19 after starting from the back.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Lining-up at the most difficult racetrack of the season at Spa-Francorchamps, Team Trident made it back to the top of Formula 3 competition thanks to a dominant success by 21-year-old Brazilian Pedro Piquet.
The second-generation driver, who took-off from the second place on the starting grid, immediately gained the leadership of the race, to which he gave an unapproachable pace for his direct rivals.
Piquet also secured the fastest lap of the race despite not relying on any slipstream, and accumulated advantage of over four seconds over the closest contender, which is unusual for such a close category.
Piquet gave continuity to an excellent tradition of Team Trident at Spa, a place where he enjoyed considerable success even twelve months ago. Thanks to the outstanding result, the son of three-time world F1 champion Nelson Piquet (who never won at Spa) regained the sixth place in the championship standings.
After delivering an excellent seventh fastest lap in qualifying, Devlin Defrancesco was hoping to capitalize on his great potential but was forced to the back by a first-lap contact. On the other hand, Niko Kari had an uneventful race as he did not find the right rhythm on the Belgian track, ending up far from the points. The final race of the sixth round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship will start tomorrow at 9:45 am.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“We have scored a prestigious and undisputed success on the most representative track of the season. Pedro Piquet was amazing while the technical staff set up a perfect car that was the foundation for today's total dominance. It's a fantastic time for us as a team and for our driver! It's a bit of a pity for Devlin Defrancesco, who was involved in contact at the start but was very competitive. We have to work with Niko Kari, who started too far back on the grid, to enable him to improve in tomorrow's heat. Now our goal is to score points with all three cars!"
Pedro Piquet, Team Trident, winner in Race One at Spa-Francorchamps
“From free practice, I quickly realized that we had a very fast car on this track and we had what it takes to aim for success. After securing the front row of the grid, I was very careful to avoid any risk in the early stages. Once the leadership of the race was secured, I immediately gained a clear advantage that I was able to manage well at the end of the race. I'm really in seventh heaven after such a great performance!"