GP3 Series, Yas Marina, Feature Race Report
In the feature race on the Emirates circuit, Team Trident scored a fantastic second place with David Beckmann. Giuliano Alesi brought home a remarkable sixth place.
In race 1 of the Abu Dhabi weekend at Yas Marina, home to the ninth round of the GP3 Series season, the Team Trident banner was held high with some great result. German teenager David Beckmann, who was sixth on the starting grid, took a convincing second place that allows him to bolster his fifth position in the points table. For the rider coming from the North Rhine region, it was a prodigious comeback. For him, relying on a very balanced car was crucial and that allowed him to limit the thermal degradation of the tires so to make a difference in the final part of the race.
Since he made his debut last August with Team Trident, Beckmann has posted outstanding results including three wins, four podiums, and two pole positions. Giuliano Alesi also had an impressive race and he finished sixth in a comeback race. The teenager from Avignon, who had been fastest in the free practice session, was penalized by an engine issue in qualifying. In the race, his performance was nonetheless consistent and convincing. Pedro Piquet and Ryan Tveter barely missed the points zone. The South American driver has never found the right feeling with the Emirates venue, while the 24-year-old from New York lost valuable time in the hard-fought opening laps.
The Sprint Race will start tomorrow at 12:10 local time or 9:10 EU.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"Unfortunately, due to mistakes made by our drivers, we did not manage to secure a possible front row start with Alesi and, in particular, with Beckmann. They both showed great potential in the race and put together a great comeback ending up in P2 and P6 respectively. On the other hand, Pedro Piquet and Ryan Tveter almost scored top-10 finishes in a race that did not reflect their potential."