Team Trident barely missed a podium finish at Monza with Beckmann, who took fourth place at the checkered flag, and the seventh place with Zendeli. Caldwell was forced to retire by contact.
In the opening race of round 8 for the FIA Formula 3 Championship at he high-speed Monza venue, Team Trident drivers David Beckmann and Lirim Zendeli starred in a hard-fought run and ended up in P4 and P7 respectively. Race 1 kept faith to Monza’s tradition with a high-tension battle, full of overtaking and surprises. The slipstream game and specific racing episodes were decisive in determining the final outcome. David Beckmann, who sat on the 10th spot on the grid, delivered a good start and a solid recovery that allowed him to close into the podium. The German put up a very competitive pace, which would have allowed him to fight for the win if only a contender had not hindered him by forcing him off-track. A good performance also came from Lirim Zendeli, winner of the previous round held at Spa-Francorchamps. The driver from Bochum, who started from the sixth row, eventually climbed up to the seventh place, which will allow him to start from fourth position in tomorrow’s Sprint Race. On the other hand, Olli Caldwell's balance was not as positive. The British racer was involved in a collision in the early stages which forced him to retire. He had started from the 20th row of the grid. In the championship standings, Beckmann is now holding the fourth position, separated from Theo Pourchaire by only half a point. In the team ranking, Team Trident retained its second place. The data collected in Race 1 will now be the base of the preparation work for Race 2, set to be carried on by the drivers and their technical staff. The final race of the weekend is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:45. The goal is to leave the home track with a good result.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“We are quite satisfied at the end of this first race, as we gained valuable points that allowed us to hold onto the second position in the team ranking. Today with Beckmann we had the potential to win, but our driver was pushed off by another car and lost time. Zendeli's race was also positive as he delivered a convincing performance. Unfortunately, Caldwell was involved in a collision. Tomorrow, Beckmann and Zendeli will have a better position on the starting grid than today. We are confident, the goal is to leave our home track with a good run! "