Formula 2

Trident claims first win of 2024 with Roman Staněk at Albert Park

Trident claims first win of 2024 with Roman Staněk at Albert Park

The FIA Formula 2 Championship started its third round of the season on the scenic semi-permanent track of Albert Park in Melbourne, which today hosted the Sprint Race. From the qualifying session, Trident Motorsport drivers Richard Verschoor and Roman Staněk showed a good feeling with the Australian track, claiming P3 and P10 respectively. At the start of the Sprint Race, which features a reversed top-10 grid, Staněk took advantage of starting from the top of the grid, while Verschoor positioned himself on the fourth row in P8.

As the lights went out, Staněk made a solid start and entered the first corner in second place. From that moment, the race led to several safety car situations to allow the stewards to remove crashed cars from the circuit. Among these was the one of Richard Verschoor, who was rear-ended by a rival during the ninth lap and forced to retire. Staněk always proved his cool during each restart and kept the second position firmly in his hands until the end of the 23 laps.

Then, with the engines off, the winner was penalized ten seconds for causing a contact at the start. As a result, Staněk was promoted to victory and was finally able to celebrate his first series win. For Trident Motorsport, this is certainly an excellent start to the weekend in the State of Victoria. The FIA Formula 2 Championship drivers will line up in Italian night, at 11.30 AM local time, for the Feature Race. Verschoor will start from third place on the grid, while Staněk will position himself in P10

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race Quote: “We are satisfied with how Round 3 is developing on a challenging track like Albert Park. Our drivers proved competitive in qualifying, where we achieved the top ten with both of our cars. Staněk started well from the top of the starting grid of the Sprint Race and ran a very solid race, making no mistakes. It wasn't easy, and his win is absolutely deserved. We are really very happy for Roman, who broke the ice and, from this moment on, will always do better. There is, however, some regret for Richard Verschoor, who had excellent potential but was pushed into a spin and forced to retire."