In the opening race held at the Northamptonshire venue, only David Beckmann, among the Team Trident drivers, ended up in the points with a ninth place. The German will start from the front row of Race 2 on Sunday.
In the opening race for round 4 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, the Team Trident drivers showed a performance level under their usual standards. The result of race 1 was conditioned by a non-incisive qualifying session. German David Beckmann, who was starting from P12 on the grid, delivered a good start and entered the top-10 early in the running. The 20-year-old racer delivered a consistent race ending up in ninth place. He will start race 2 from the front row alongside Russian contender Smolyar.
Beckmann will have a solid chance to repeat the excellent Race 2 he delivered in the previous event at Budapest, where he secured his maiden win for the year.
Lirim Zendeli set the ninth fastest lap time in qualifying but lost positions in the early stages of the race after some hard battles. The 20-year-old from Bochum took crossed the finish line in P13. Running at his home track, Olli Caldwell delivered a convincing comeback that allowed him to climb from eighteenth place to the edge of the points zone. In the final stages of Race 1, the British racer was unfortunately hit by another car. He ended up spinning on the racing line and was hit by Dunner, suffering extensive damage that will force the Team Trident staff to undertake a demanding repair job. Now the team is busy preparing for the second race which will start tomorrow morning at 10:25 am.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“In today's race, our overall result was not optimal and we lacked the usual efficiency. We take away Beckmann's ninth position, which will allow the German to start from the front row in Race 2 and aim for the second win of the year. Caldwell put up a bold comeback but was hit by a contender, while Zendeli also lost pace due to several contacts suffered in the battles he was involved in".