Trident Motorsport takes triumphant win on home track with Roman Staněk
Lining up for the FIA Formula 3 Championship Feature Race at Imola, Trident Motorsport achieved a brilliant with with the 18-year-old Czech driver. On the other hand, Maloney ended up spinning while leading the race.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend at Imola come to its conclusion today and the Feature Race handed Trident Motorsport a scintillating win with Roman Staněk. For the Czech driver, it's the first win in the series and an extremely important result in general as it allows him to stand just one point away from the top of the driver championship. Staněk had ended up close to a podium finish in yesterday's Sprint Race when he capped a great comeback run with a fourth place. To make the team's potential even clearer, he also scored the fastest lap of the race and P2 in qualifying, behind team-mate and pole-sitter Zane Maloney.
Despite leading the early stages, the Barbadian was unable to complete the Feature Race due to a spin while warming up the tyres for a safety car re-start. It was a particularly tough outcome for the team, that was hoping for a podium finish for Maloney to increase the points score for the day.
Staněk was very mature in managing tire degradation and created a condition of technical advantage in the final part of the running, which allowed him to overtake Bearman and sail towards his first F3 victory. Oliver Rasmussen was forced to retire by a technical problem, probably related to the gearbox, on which the team is still carrying out checks. The 21-year-old Dane, making his debut with the team at Imola, had finished the Sprint Race in P7. Now the FIA Formula 3 Championship will be taking a one-month break with no races or test sessions. The next round will be from May 20th to 22nd at Montmelò.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Feature Race quote
“Today's Feature Race confirmed the remarkable level of performance of our cars at Imola, as we locked out the front row of the starting grid and took victory in the main race with Roman Staněk. He managed the race perfectly, made no mistakes, and made a crucial move in the final stages. Unfortunately, we can’t celebrate an equally good result for Zane Maloney, who was dominating but spun while warming up the tires under Safety Car. It is a mistake that Maloney will certainly learn from. A technical problem that we are investigating forced Rasmussen to re-enter the pit lane and retire. Today brought us back to the top of all the rankings after the unfortunate run at Sakhir”.