British outfit Double R Racing is looking to make good its fortunes at the upcoming second round of the FIA F3 European Championship at Silverstone, where the Woking squad will look to improve on the competitive start it made a few weeks ago at Monza.
Antonio Giovinazzi was the driver from the team setting the pace in the rain-affected opener, with the 19-year-old Formula Pilota China series champion looking to be the driver to spearhead the team’s assault at the Northamptonshire circuit, where the series will be part of the FIA World Endurance Championship meeting.
The Italian driver showed promise in the pre-season tests, making the top five in pre-season testing, before the weekend at Monza left the driver with a best finish of 12th at that point. He has proved that their is more to come, especially with Anthony “Boyo” Hieatt looking to the Italian as leader of the pack this weekend.
Indonesian ace Sean Gelael may be just 16 years of age, but showed a fighting spirit which helped in his battle to secure 14th place in his maiden outing. The talented youngster is having to cope with an extreme learning curve, but will make leaps forward in the race weekends to come.
Colombia’s Tatiana Calderon will be the only female racer on the grid for the next two rounds, as Michela Cerruti will be racing with ROAL Motorsport for the next two rounds of the Italian GT Championship, leaving Gary Thompson as the sole Romeo Ferraris driver at Silverstone. The Madrid-based driver was the first woman to grace the podium in the Star Mazda Championship, and will get quicker as she gets more time behind the wheel.
Hiyatt is happy that the team is on home ground for this weekend, as the team in confident that it can build on the foundations set in Italy a few weeks ago, and explained that qualifying was the big problem, as well as it putting a proverbial “bump in the road” when it came to their plans for how their weekend was to fare, but was happy with their first weekend: “Qualifying at Monza was the big problem for us, the session didn’t work out how we’d planned and that meant a huge amount of work for all three of them to do in the races. They each performed well though, in very tough conditions, and we know there’s so much more to come as the season gathers pace.”