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FIA F3 Championship, Spielberg, Race Preview

FIA F3 Championship, Spielberg, Race Preview

The FIA Formula 3 Championship will be back racing at the iconic Styrian racetrack this weekend for the fifth round of the season. The Trident Motorsport drivers will try to go for wins as competition is expected to be at the highest level on the Red Bull-owned venue.
 
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will be back on-track this weekend at Spielberg, home to the fifth round of 2021 only a few days after completing the trip to Silverstone for the previous event. In the first four races of the year, the field proved extremely balanced in terms of performance.
 
 
As the FIA Formula 3 Championship is set to pass its mid-season mark, Roman Staněk is holding  fourth place in the driver classification, 16 points behind the lead. Staněk aims to fight back points after retiring in the Feature Race at Silverstone. In his first three outings of the season, he secured two podiums, a win, a pole position, and two fastest laps, but his path has sometimes been inconsistent. 
 
Zane Maloney comes to Styria outside the top-ten in the championship standings but the Baian driver  consistently expressed a remarkable potential, and after suffering a spin in the early stages at Silverstone, he finished in P11  at the end of a superlative comeback. 
 
With P8 on his home track at Silverstone, Jonny Edgar impressed in his return to racing, claiming a really positive result. The Red Bull junior driver has resolved his physical issues and, after missing  Imola and Montmeló, now hopes to make up for the lost time. The trip Spielberg was prepared with a great effort by the team technical staff and drivers. Now it is up to the track to provide the answers.
 
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager: "The month of July has not started in the best way for Staněk and Maloney, who did not pick up any points in the Feature Race at Silverstone. Their championship run, as well as the Team's, is suffering from too many setbacks. On the Spielberg track, a difficult one to understand and always featuring minimal gaps in the field, being solid will be the most important thing. The championship is still long, and there is room to catch up. On the other hand, Jonny Edgar had a good race at Silverstone,  going back to the points zone straight away. Our goal is to support the British driver to help him perform better and better." 
 
The FIA Formula 3 Championship cars will hit the track for the first time on Friday at 9:55 for the 45-minute free practice session, while qualifying will go underway in the afternoon of the same day at 15:00. The Sprint Race will start at 10:35 on Saturday while the feature race will round the weekend out on Sunday at 8:35. All the action will be broadcasted by Sky Sports F1.