A new, exciting weekend at Spa-Francorchamps highlighted a so far sensational season for Prema Powerteam. The Italian squad, lined-up at the Belgian venue for the third round of the FIA F.3 International trophy, scored two wins with Roberto Mehri. After having put the Spaniard on the pole at the end of Qualifying, the team celebrated Mehri's wins on Race 1 and on the Main Race. While he increased his championship lead even further, Daniel Juncadella provided some positive results too by ending up in third on the Sprint Race. In addition to them, Italian Raffaele Marciello experienced a great debut in International Formula 3 competition, as he captured 5th place at the end of the Main Race.
The Mercedes-powered Dallaras fielded by the Vicenza-based squad set a stunning pace at Spa despite the rainy, cold but yet unpredictable weather of the weekend. In addition to that, the superior performance displayed compared to the British F.3 Championship teams felt like a massive, additional achievement despite the use of the British series' Avon Cooper tires. In other words, as the Trophy ran merged with the British series, Prema proved itself once again as the top team in the game…
René Rosin - Team Manager "We're leaving Spa-Francorchamps with a wide grin on our faces because we proved we're still the men to beat. We're not only leading the Trophy and the European Series, but we also managed to crush some major teams of the British F.3 Championship. It's a great moment for us, everything is really working like a charm.
"After having clocked the pole, Mehri ran two sensational races, the first and the third, and would have definitely been able to stay on the podium for race 2 without a bump received by a rival car. It's a bit of a pity for Juncadella, who had his weekend conditioned by a crash in the first practice session. On race 1 he ended up in 8th, then managed to recover up to third in the Sprint before being hit and suffering from a puncture.
"I'm really happy for Marciello, who was at his first international race. After performing good in qualifying, he ended up off-track on race 1, but dramatically reversed his fortunes on race 3, when he rounded out the top-5 with two great passes on Asmer and Harvey."