After a dominant performance in the free practice session on the dry, the rain that fell during qualifying reshuffled the values in qualifying forcing the Team Trident drivers to a prohibitive comeback. Beckmann, who was 10th in race 1, will start from the first place tomorrow in race 1.
The opening race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend was heavily conditioned by variable weather conditions at Hungaroring. Just a few hours after practice, with Devid Beckmann cruising to the lead in front of teammate Lirim Zendeli, the rain started to fall before qualifying, and that reshuffled the situation. On a wet track, Caldwell, Beckmann and Zendeli could not confirm the potential showed in the morning practice and ended up in 12th 14th and 25th place respectively. Caldwell, who had a great start, lost ground due to contact after two of the cars he had in front blocked the track. The British racer restarted from the back and fought back to P21. His pace was slowed by the damage coming from the melee in turn 1. Unfortunately, the damage was too much for the car driven by Zendeli, who was forced to retire. On the other hand, David Beckmann had a positive run. The German, who didn’t have the quickest start, completed a smart race, recovering up to the top-10. He will thus be able to start from P1 in the reverse grid for race 1, scheduled for tomorrow at 9:45
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“After dominating the free practice session, our drivers fell into trouble in a chaotic qualifying session on the wet. Their position on the starting grid forced them to aim for a comeback race and exposed them to the risk of contacts, which eventually happened and influenced their performance. The positive tenth position taken by Beckmann at the end of a decent recovery will allow to start from the top of the grid tomorrow in Race Two and score more points for the standings".