Trident Motorsport gets close to podium, scores 18 points in Styria
Running on a wet track for the Feature Race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship in Styria, Trident Motorsport secured double points finish with Zane Maloney and Roman Staněk. The Bajan and the Czech secured P5 and P6 respectively, totalling 18 points. Unfortunately, the rain wiped away the team’s strategy which revolved on saving a set of tyres for the feature race.
The Feature Race, which wrapped up the FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend at the Styrian racetrack, was affected by repeated rain downpours that made the track extremely slippery and forced race control to start behind the safety car. The race was held in changing weather conditions and featured several off-track exits. The Trident Motorsport cars scored P6, P7, and P8 in qualifying with Roman Staněk, Jonny Edgar, and Zane Maloney, respectively. After going for the fifth position in the early stages of the race, Staněk held sixth place for a long time, ahead of Edgar. Maloney, on the other hand, lost two positions in an early battle and dropped to P10. The intervention of the safety car re-compacted the pack with a handful of laps to go and produced a fiery finish.
At the restart, Jonny Edgar was involved in a multi-car collision triggered by Caio Collet and was forced to retire. In an attempt to gain the fifth position, Staněk came into contact with Kaylen Frederik, and finished sixth while the American retired. Maloney, on the other hand, took advantage of confusion and delivered a solid fifth place. Trident Motorsport had elected to hold a set of new tires for the Feature Race, but the rain derailed the team's plans. The sixth position provisionally allows Roman Staněk to move up to fourth in the championship standings, 23 points behind the top spot. The FIA Formula 3 Championship now takes a two-week break. The next round of the season is scheduled for the last weekend in July at the Budapest track.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, commento Feature Race
"Today's race was affected by the weather conditions and the many incidents on track. Unfortunately, both Jonny Edgar and Roman Staněk were involved in some tricky situations. The British driver was forced to retire, while the Czech did not go beyond sixth place. However, Maloney's P5 and Staněk's P6 allow us to take home a good haul of points for the championship. For the Barbados-born driver, who had been knocked off track in the first race, it was important to finish the full distance. We had kept a set of new tires ahead of today's race, but the rain ruined our plans!"