FIA Formula 2 Championship, Monza, Race Preview
The month of September 2020 brings a double challenge to Italy. In seven days, the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will compete in Monza and Mugello. It will all start at Autodromo Nazionale, where Team Trident aims to continue showing the great potential of last weekend in Spa-Francorchamps.
From one legendary circuit to another, the FIA Formula 2 Championship has entered the middle part of the season, which feature venues with a great motorsport history. The challenging and fascinating Spa-Francorchamps circuit will thus be followed by Monza, another sacred place for motorsport fans, home to the eighth round on the calendar this weekend. As happened in the Ardennes, there will be long straights for the F2 racecars to unload all their power. Monza is the fastest track of the season, even though the strong braking required for the three chicanes lowers the pace. The track is one of the longest of the season, measuring 5,793 meters, and has eleven corners. The Team Trident drivers are looking forward to achieving the competitive level of performance showcased in Belgium with solid points after Roy Nissany was eliminated by contact with Daniel Ticktum while fighting for the lead of the Sprint Race. The 25-year-old from Tel Aviv, third driver of Williams F1, showed a clear growth throughout the season and allowed him to fight among the frontrunners. Positive signals also come from 21-year-old Marino Sato, who was pushed off by a rival in the Sprint Race held in Belgium. The Japanese driver also impressed for his growing trend. For both drivers, it will be important to start with a good qualifying session, which will allow them to lay the foundations for two good races, and take valuable points in the standings. The drivers and technical staff of Team Trident carried out the preparation work for the Monza stage with the utmost attention. Now the word goes to the track.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Racing at the home track always provides special feelings and gives additional motivation. Unfortunately, our audience will not be supporting us from the stands this year but only from home. We will give all our commitment and passion not to disappoint them, starting off from where we left with the positive performance of Spa, where only a contact between Nissany and Ticktum deprived us of a probable first win of the season.”
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Monza, Race Preview.
On the blistering fast Monza track, Team Trident aims to carry on the excellent form showed last weekend in Belgium. It will take perfection to succeed on the treacherous Lombard circuit.
In the previous round of Spa Francorchamps, the Trident team achieved several important goals. Lirim Zendeli took his maiden win in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. David Beckmann, despite damaged steering which prevented him from collecting points in the Sprint Race, managed to maintain the third position in the drivers' standings. Team Trident firmly holds second place in the team ranking, after scoring P1 and P3 in the main race on Saturday. Only a slow puncture prevented Olli Caldwell, who put up a remarkable pace at the Ardennes track, from delivering a really positive result in race 2. For the eighth round of the season, the goal for Team Trident's at the high-speed Monza track is to confirm the brilliant momentum seen in Belgium with an all-around performance and fight for victory in both races. Beckmann is looking for his third of the season, Zendeli for his second, and Caldwell has clearly shown winning potential: the British driver only needs to seize the right opportunity. The drivers and their technical staff prepared with great commitment for the home round. In the past, Monza often saw the riders of Team Trident claim important victories. The hope is, of course, to repeat that tradition!
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Monza is a very fast track, with long straights in which slipstreams are very important. Cars often go in packs, with frequent changes of position. Chicanes are very tricky too. Our drivers will have to do a perfect job to confirm the excellent performance of Spa-Francorchamps at Monza. The team will give its 100 per cent to support them”.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will start roaring on Friday at 12:55 in the free practice session. Qualifying will be later the same day at 17.00. The Feature Race is scheduled for Saturday at 16.45, while the Sprint Race will wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 11.10 AM. The FIA Formula 3 Championship will get on track on Friday morning with the opening practice session at 9.35 am. Qualifying will be on Friday too at 14:05 PM. Saturday will feature Race 1 at 10.25 AM, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 9.45 AM. As usual, all the track activity will be covered live by Sky Sports F1 network.