Trident Racing is an Italian team, based in Milan, Italy. The team started in GP2 in 2006, but in terms of Formula 3/GP3, they started in 2012. From then, they’ve had a vary of results from 2nds to 3rd to 8ths and 9ths, but most recently, they finished in 2nd behind Prema Racing and ahead of ART Grand Prix, with their drivers being Lirim Zendeli, David Beckmann and Olli Caldwell.
They started in GP3 in 2012, having Giovanni Venturini, Vicky Piria and Antonio Spavone, where Piria finished the whole season and Venturini doing the first four rounds and Spavone doing the latter four. They opted for the two car strategy, though holding three cars in round four but dropping back down to two. In the end, they finished in 9th with 31 points. 2013 and 2014 were not so eventful in terms of results, still staying down in 8th with 32 points and 9th and 12 points respectively. The tides turned in 2015, where the results amped up. Luca Ghiotto came into the car for that season and managed to claim a total of five wins to put himself in 2nd. This helped the team to achieve 2nd in the standings with 282 points. Similarly, the following year Antonio Fuoco did the same with 2 wins, putting the Italian driver into 3rd with the team also being in 3rd. The results for the Milan-based team started to become steady as they claimed 4 wins with three being from Giuliano Alesi and the other being from Dorian Boccolacci. A more consistent 5th-6th-8th meant they finished in 2nd place with 578 points. Trident kept their results up there for the following year in 2018, earning 6 wins overall, once again classifying in 2nd with 433 points.
For 2019, GP3 merged with FIA Formula 3 European to become solely FIA Formula 3 Championship. Trident continued competing in this category, bringing in Devlin DeFrancesco, Niko Kari and Pedro Piquet. The Italian team finished in the Team’s Championship in 4th with 134 points, sitting behind ART Grand Prix. Also during 2019, they made their Macau Grand Prix debut, bring Olli Caldwell, David Beckmann and Alessio Lorandi. Lorandi finished the highest in the team in 5th, whilst Beckmann classified in 9th and Caldwell unfortunately retiring from the race.
2020 brought an uncertain season, where Lirim Zendeli, Devlin DeFrancesco and Olli Caldwell were announced. Prior the first round in Austria, Devlin DeFrancesco was announced to be departing with the team, so David Beckmann was brought back into the car. Like the previous three years, they managed to keep their results up at the top once again. Zendeli took his maiden win in Spa, whilst Beckmann took two in Hungary and Silverstone. Prema ran away with the Team’s, but they were locked in a battle with ART Grand Prix all season long, to end up in 2nd with 261.5 points, merely 10 points ahead.
After such a successful season in Formula 3, we wouldn’t expect any less for them to continue their charge up the field and continue challenging Prema and ART for the wins. The drivers slotted into the Italian team’s seat will be ones to look out for, as they have some shoes to fill for the next season ahead.
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