Trident Motorsport back to the podium with Zane Maloney
In the Feature Race that wrapped up the FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend at the Hungarian venue, The 18-year-old Cape Town native started from P2 on the grid and delivered a valuable second place with a positive dash to the line. Roman Staněk took P12, while Jonny Edgar was slowed down by contact from behind.
The sixth round of the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship, scheduled on the track located on the outskirts of Budapest, was completed today with the Feature Race, which was held with a drying surface again from an early downpour. That created some trouble for the drivers who were on track with the wet tyres. On the ups and downs of the Hungaroring track, Trident Motorsport regained the podium thanks to 18-year-old Bajan Zane Maloney. The Barbados-born driver, who set the second fastest time in qualifying, got off to a perfect start and attacked the leader, Alexander Smolyar, in the first few laps. After that, Maloney managed second place, countering the attacks of Oliver Bearman in the final stages, and edging his rival at the last gasp
For Maloney, it was his first podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Roman Staněk, who had recovered well from 14th on the grid to the points zone in P10 during the race, did not have much luck. In the final stages, the Czech racer was unable to b battle the recovering drivers who had decided to pit for slick tires. There was no great satisfaction for Jonny Edgar either. During the opening lap, the British driver was rear-ended by Martì, who later penalized, and was forced to pit for a tyre change.
Once back on the track at the bottom of the charts, the Red Bull Junior was unable to put the points zone in his sights. The FIA Formula 3 Championship is taking a month-long break. The next round of the season is scheduled at the historic Belgian track of Spa-Francorchamps on the last weekend of August.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Feature Race quote
"We are delighted to be back on the podium and to have achieved a solid runner-up finish with Zane Maloney. He took great advantage of starting second on the grid and had a top-class race that finished with P2 on the podium. Staněk delivered a good comeback race but was unable to counter the attacks coming from the drivers who had put on slicks. The Czech racer paid a high price for starting from the seventh row on the grid. Jonny Edgar was rear-ended by another car on the first lap and was forced to pit for a tyre change. The incident prevented him from continuing his good streak of results since rejoining the team at Silverstone."