FIA F2 Championship, Spa-Francorchamps, Race Preview
The goal for Team Trident at the legendary Belgian track is to be back to the top ten in the seventh round of the series. Both drivers showed good signs of growth in their recent outings.
The historic Belgian venue of Spa-Francorchamps will host the seventh round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend and will start a new stint consisting in three events over as many weekends also featuring Monza and Mugello. The championship for 2020 is imposing a pressing pace. The goal for the drivers of Team Trident, Roy Nissany and Marino Sato, will be to score points at the scenic facility perched in the Ardennes forest. The 25-year-old from Tel Aviv, third driver of Williams F1, put up a very promising pace in the previous meeting at Barcelona which makes the team confident ahead of Spa. Nissany, who ended up 12th in the Sprint Race held in Catalunya, also scored two fastest laps this season. On the other hand, 21-year-old Marino Sato is continuing to climb his learning curve in the series. The performance of the Yokohama-born driver is, at the moment, better in qualifying, while he is acquiring a growing knowledge of the car and tire management in the race. At 7,004 km of length, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the longest of the season. It is a medium-low downforce track. Weather conditions often play a key role in determining the outcome of the races. The temperature peaks in the Ardennes will certainly be lower than those that occurred two weeks ago in Montmelò. As usual, rain may fall suddenly: it is not rare for parts of the track remains dry while the others get wet. With rain, drainage problems often occur, and the risk of aquaplaning is high. The drivers prepared themselves with great attention with the technical staff of Team Trident for the reopening after a short summer break.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Formula 2 will be back at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend, on one of the most fascinating and demanding circuits of the season. Weather conditions in the Ardennes are often extremely changeable. It will be extremely important and prepared should the right opportunities arise. Our drivers are showing great signs of growth, it will be important for them to put their potential to fruition.”
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Spa-Francorchamps, Race Preview.
In the previous round of the season in Barcelona, the drivers of Team Trident showed a great competitive level, although they were unable to collect results in line with their potential due to a difficult qualifying session. In the official session, they did not manage to gain placement on the front rows on a track that once again proved to be very problematic in terms of overtaking. For the next weekend, the FIA Formula 3 Championship will take place at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track, which has a very different character compared to the Catalan venue. On the longest track of the season, there are notably several places to try and overtake. However, it will be crucial for the Team Trident drivers to deliver a good qualifying session, to stay away from the risks involved with the hard-fought opening laps. In the previous round of the season, David Beckmann did not achieve more than a fifth and a ninth place. The Iserlohn-born driver, running at his home track where he triumphed from pole in the 2018 GP3 Series with Team Trident, aims to secure his third win of the season and recover the third place in the championship standings. Twenty-year-old Lirim Zendeli will go after the first win in the series, after the second-place finishes at Spielberg and Silverstone. 18-year-old Olli Caldwell is looking forward to being back in the top positions as happened at Spielberg, before being involved in collisions in the following rounds. The team underwent thorough preparation for the trip to Belgium. The drivers are now expected to have a busy and successful weekend!
Team Trident is lining-up for the challenging trip to the Ardennes aiming for the third win of the season. The team’s tradition at the venue is encouraging with the pole and win scored by David Beckmann in 2018.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“The balance for Team Trident in the first six rounds of the FIA Formula 3 Championship is certainly positive. The team sits second in the team ranking, and fourth, with David Beckmann, in the driver classification. Our goal at Spa-Francorchamps is to fight for victory in both races and take back the third place in the driver standings.”
The FIA Formula 2 cars will start on Friday at 12:55 for the first free practice session. Qualifying will be held later the same day at 17.00. The Feature Race will take place on Saturday at 16.45, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11.10 AM. The FIA Formula 3 Championship will be on-track for the first time for practice on Friday at 9.35 AM. Qualifying will be later on the same day at 14:05. Saturday will start at 10.25 AM with Race 1, while Race 2 is set for Sunday at 9.45 AM. As usual, all the action will be covered live by Sky Sports F1 network.