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FIA F.3 Championship, Spa-Francorchamps, Sprint Race Report

FIA F.3 Championship, Spa-Francorchamps, Sprint Race Report

Trident Motorsport secured P2 with Roman Staněk and P4 with Jonny Edgar. Zane Maloney was forced to retire after a scary early crash.

 

The FIA Formula 3 Championship got underway with the Sprint Race today at Spa-Francorchamps, with teams and drivers hitting the Ardennes track in a hectic run, while the Feature Race, which is the main one, will be at 8:50 AM tomorrow. In qualifying, the Trident Motorsport drivers delivered a remarkable performance in a very tricky session featuring a drying track after a few rain showers. Zane Maloney, Roman Staněk, and Jonny Edgar set the second, fifth and sixth fastest laps respectively. 

 

The Sprint Race was impacted by several incidents and a red-flag interruption. After a smooth start, Jonny Edgar collided with a rival at Les Combes,  earning a five-second penalty that cost the Red Bull junior driver his first podium finish of the season. Edgar, who finished second and set the fastest lap in the race, slipped back to fourth place overall. An excellent Roman Staněk made no mistakes and recovered very impressively from P8 on the grid to second place, which allowed the Czech driver to move closer to the top of the standings. 

 

Zane Maloney, on the other hand, was involved in a scary crash on lap 7, which forced the 18-year-old Barbadian to retire and led to a lengthy red-flag interruption. The main race will take place tomorrow, with all Trident Motorsport cars starting within the first three rows of the grid. The 17 points collected today allowed Trident Motorsport to move closer to P3 in the team ranking.

 

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race quote

 

"The balance of today's race is certainly satisfactory for Trident Motorsport.  Our drivers showed a remarkable level of performance in both qualifying and the Sprint Race. Edgar got off to a good start but rear-ended another car at Les Combes. The Red Bull Junior driver was handed a five-second penalty that jeopardized his first podium finish of the season. He also set the fastest lap of the race, confirming his excellent pace. Maloney was overtaking another driver at Blanchimont when he ended up hard into the barriers. Unfortunately, the two cars got hooked up, and our driver suffered a dramatic crash that heavily damaged his car, luckily without physical consequences. Staněk did not make any mistakes and took a valuable second place, which benefits his ranking position and brings him closer to the lead."