The FIA Formula 2 Championship kicks off its European stint with a trip to Imola. Trident Motorsport will continue to push after a convincing start to the season leading to third place with Richard Verschoor in the Driver Championship and fourth place in the Team Championship.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship is back in Europe after a heated back-to-back trip to the Middle East, where Trident Motorsport showed convincing form. So far it has taken one win and two podium finishes with 21-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor and valuable points with Calan Williams as the Australian rookie already took a remarkable fourth place in Jeddah. The results achieved in the first two events of 2022 led Verschoor to third in the Driver Championship and Trident Motorsport to fourth in the team standings. The Italian squad now heads towards the historic Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit with the challenging goal of maintaining the same high momentum as the first two racers.
Formula 2 hasn’t raced at the Italian site in a long time, over 15 years, every moment of practice will be crucial in determining the qualifying set-up. Imola is an old style circuit where passing is not made easy due to the narrow layout. It is 4.9 kilometers long and will feature a 25-lap Sprint Race on Saturday and a 35-lap Feature Race on Sunday.
Ahead of the Imola round, the FIA Formula 2 Championship took to the track for a three-day test session in Barcelona from April 12-14, with Trident Motorsport claiming fourth place with Verschoor. The preparatory work has, as always, been particularly thorough and detailed. The goal of Trident Motorsport is to stay at the top of the series with a competitive performance in front of the home crowd.
Giacomo Ricci, team manager: “The balance of the first two races of the season is definitely positive. Third in the drivers’ standings and P4 among the teams is a confirmation of the good impact we’ve had so far, and we’re aiming to stay with the frontrunners. We prepared the race in Imola with great care, on a track where the category was not hosted since 2006, when it was still called the GP2 series. It will be important to work with the utmost concentration, starting from scratch and with full attention to every detail. Only in this way can we improve our position!”
The FIA Formula 2 Championship kicks off at 11.05am on Friday for the 45-minute free practice session, while qualifying starts a few hours later at 3:55pm. Sprint Race 1 will be held on Saturday at 17:55. The feature race will conclude at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.
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