Trident and Giovanni Venturing celebrated their first win in the GP3 Series last weekend at Imola. The 21-year-old Vicenza-based racer hit the top in Race 2 at Silverstone. After taking-off from the pole, he led throughout the whole 15-lap distance, providing the team with a sensational run that also confirms the speed potential showed in several occasions also by David Fumanelli and Emanuele Zonzini.
Fumanelli saw his chances to score points after just a few laps of race 1, when he was punted by Patrick Kujala in braking. The Finn took-off over Fumanelli in a spectacular crash that might have led to much more serious consequences. Kujala was then excluded from race 2.
The GP3 Series will be back on-track next weekend at the Nurburgring. The German track is hosting the fourth round of 2013.
Giovanni Venturini “I'm so happy! I scored my maiden win in the GP3 Series and I did it with the team I had made my championship debut here one year ago. We started a great relationship then and this win is a very nice reward for our efforts. It's been a tough weekend with some troubles in qualifying, but we were sure of our potential in race conditions. Now we have to focus on qualifying, but the overall race pace has been consistently a frontrunner's one since the start of the season”.
David Fumanelli “In race 2 I made a mistake as I ignored a yellow flag and that distraction cost me a drive-through penalty. Unfortunately, this wasn't even the worst problem for me as we used a new kind of tire for this weekend and we suffered from more adaptation issues than we anticipated. In preseason testing at Silverstone I was the quickest driver on-track, but this weekend I got traction problems. In race 1 I also missed a bit of luck as I was hit from behind by Kujala and forced to retire, and in the second run we couldn't find a performing setup as the laptimes demonstrate. The only positive note is that I actually ended race 2 because I had to retire in all the three previous races. I hope this was the closure of an unlucky chapter of this season".
Emanuele Zonzini “In qualifying we got less than we expected and when you start from the last rows of the grid the weekend becomes like an obstacle course. In the first race I made up five spots in which I reckon it was been a good performance. In race 2 I was involved in an early contact and forced to retire. I put this round behind and I'll be at the simulator to prepare myself for the Nurburgring, where I haven't been racing in a while”.