The FIA Formula 3 Championship will go back into action this weekend for its second round of the season at Imola. Trident Motorsport is looking to put up a brilliant weekend on the ups and downs of the demanding Romagna venue.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will be back running this weekend at Imola. Lining up on the Italian venue, Trident Motorsport is set to regain a leading role in the series, after winning the Team Championship last December. On the other hand, every year brings a new start from scratch, and everyone on the team is back in motion coming from the opening round of the year that only handed them a fourth-place finish with Barbadian rookie Zane Maloney. On the other hand, 18-year-old Roman Staněk delivered a great second place in qualifying on the desert track, but could not score points due to a couple of punctures, while Jonny Edgar, who was running in precarious health conditions, had to be content with an 11th and a 13th place. The Red Bull Junior driver later decided to interrupt his sporting endeavor to speed up his healing process. He will be replaced within the Trident Motorsport ranks by Dane Oliver Rasmussen, who had the chance to merge with the Italian squad’s work pace in the two FIA F3 test sessions at Jerez de la Frontera (April 5th and 6th) and Montmelò (April 15th and 16th). In both tests on Spanish soil, all Trident Motorsport drivers found their way to the top-10.
In the opening two races in Bahrain, the field was extremely tight and balanced with low point counts. The championship leader has only 25 points so there will be plenty of opportunities for Trident Motorsport to regain the front-running positions. A solid weekend and maximum focus will be needed at the legendary Imola venue.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“The number of points scored at Sakhir does not reflect our potential as several episodes did not favor us at the Bahrain desert venue. The race at Imola must be our real starting point for the season. We know we are racing in a highly-competitive series where every single detail makes the difference, and we all have to give our 100 percent on our home track. We come from a really valuable double testing session in Spain where all our drivers had the chance to gain experience, work with the team and prepare for the upcoming weekend. Our goal for Imola is to go back to the top of the category".
The FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend will begin at 9:55 AM on Friday with the 45-minute free practice session, while qualifying will be held later the same day at 15:00. Sprint Race 1 will start at 10:35 on Saturday. The Feature Race will round out the weekend on Sunday at 8:50. All the action will be covered live by the Sky Sports networks.