Trident Motorsport barely misses podium finish with rookie Maloney
Trident Motorsport secured a solid fourth-place finish in the opening race of the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship with rookie Zane Maloney. Jonny Edgar had a consistent race despite some physical issues while Roman Staněk was slowed down by a puncture after being hit from behind.
The 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship kicked off today at Sakhir, where teams and drivers of the series lined up for this weekend's Sprint Race. The Feature Race is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:45.
In qualifying, which saw an extremely leveled playing field compete for pole and 20 cars covered by just one second, Trident Motorsport secured second place with Roman Staněk, P7 with Zane Maloney, and P15 with Jonny Edgar, who has been facing a physical issue this weekend.
For the Sprint Race, with a reversed top-12 grid from qualifying, Maloney and Staněk started from P6 and P11 respectively. The Barbadian quickly gained one spot at the start, moving up to P5. He then fought his way to a potential podium position, putting up a great pace and setting the fastest lap of the race. Struggling with tire wear, the Bridgetown native had to surrender to the attacks of a contender late in the race and dropped back to P4.
Staněk was not lucky at the start as he was hit from behind in turn 1, which punctured his right rear tyre. The Czech driver had to come to the pits for service and dropped back down the field. By that point, he had no chance to fight for the points zone despite an extremely fast pace.
On the other hand, Edgard had a hard-fought race in the mid-pack and wrapped up the Sprint Race just shy of the top-10. The British driver was conditioned by sub-optimal physical conditions. The Trident Motorsport drivers will now analyse the data collected with the team's technical staff to prepare for the Feature Race, which will round out the opening weekend of 2022.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race:
“Unfortunately, right after the start, Staněk suffered a rear-end collision which punctured his right rear tyre, so he was forced to re-enter the pit lane and lost valuable time. Back on track, his race pace was excellent, but he was too far back at that point to get into the points zone. He will focus on getting the most out of tomorrow's race. Maloney had a good day and finished in fourth place, certainly a positive result on his debut. He was very quick at the start, but pushed too hard in the early stages, running out of tires at the end. Edgar is not in the best physical condition this weekend. For this reason, he was unable to put up a showing in line with his potential.”