In the second race held at the Ardennes track, Team Trident secured two top-10 finishes with Race 1 winner Lirim Zendeli and David Beckmann. Olli Caldwell was slowed down by contact with another driver. Beckmann retained third place in the championship standings.
Race 2 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Spa-Francorchamps rounded out the seventh round of the season. Team Trident will be able to leave the Belgian track with a solid race which featured two top-ten finishes by its drivers Lirim Zendeli and David Beckmann. Race 1 winner Zendeli started from the tenth position on the grid and was in traffic in the early stages of the race. In the closing part of his run, the 20-year-old from Bochum found a good pace that allowed him to climb up to the eighth position and hit the points again. Fellow German David Beckmann finished right behind him in P10. Beckmann, who started from P8 on the grid, lost some positions early but fought back to eighth place before yielding to Zendeli during the last lap also due to a damaged steering in an earlier contact with Oscar Piastri. He is still sitting third in standings by half a point.
Olli Caldwell sprinted from the fourth position on the grid and lost ground in the early hard-fought stages. The British racer was hit by Liam Lawson, suffering a slow puncture that affected his race pace. Now the technical staff and the drivers of Team Trident will focus on preparing for the next round, scheduled for the coming weekend at their home track of Monza.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“It wasn't a particularly lucky day for our drivers. Caldwell, who started from fourth on the grid, was hit by Lawson. In the contact, the British driver's rear tires suffered a slow puncture, which ruined his pace. Beckmann collided with Piastri in the early stages of the race, damaging the steering and had his pace compromised. Zendeli recovered well up to the eighth place. The German wasted time in the battle early in the race ”.