In a glittering ceremony that celebrated the pinnacle of motor racing talent, PREMA Racing emerged victorious, clinching their fourth Teams' title in five seasons at the FIA Formula 2 and 3 Prize Giving event. This triumph stands as a testament to their consistent excellence and strategic prowess in the fiercely competitive world of motorsports. The event was also a significant moment for Trident Motorsport, as their star driver Gabriel Bortoleto swept up the Drivers' Championship title along with the best rookie honors.
The gala, a grand affair that honored the accomplishments of the season's best, shone a spotlight on the top performers of the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship. Among them were PREMA Racing’s top drivers, Zak O'Sullivan and Paul Aron, who shared their reflections and aspirations post their successful campaigns.
Zak O'Sullivan, the Vice-Champion from PREMA Racing, demonstrated remarkable resilience and skill throughout the season. His record-tying performances in F3 were a highlight, earning him a well-deserved step up to Formula 2 with the reigning champions, ART Grand Prix. O'Sullivan's achievements, including equaling the all-time record for the most victories in F3, underscore his exceptional talent and promise for the future.
On the other hand, Paul Aron's debut in the championship was nothing short of impressive. Starting strong and maintaining his momentum, Aron secured a podium finish in Melbourne and continued his success with a victory in Spielberg. His ascent into the title fight kept the championship electrifying till the final round. Now, with his sights set on the 2024 season, Aron is ready to take on new challenges with Hitech Pulse-Eight, aiming to replicate his remarkable performance.
PREMA Racing's Team Principal, René Rosin, expressed immense pride in the team's achievement. After narrowly missing the top spot last year, their determination to reclaim the title was stronger than ever. The team's strategy, coupled with the drivers' outstanding performances, led them to break the 2000-point barrier and fend off close competitors like Trident. Looking ahead, Rosin is optimistic about their prospects in the coming season with a talented lineup of drivers.
Meanwhile, Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci reflected on their successful season, marked by their first Drivers’ Championship trophy in F3. Despite falling short in the Teams' Championship, Trident's performance, especially Bortoleto's, was a source of immense satisfaction for Ricci and the team.
MP Motorsport, led by Team Principal Sander Dorsman, also had reasons to celebrate. Achieving their best season in F3, they secured the third place in the Teams’ Championship, a significant milestone for the Dutch team.
The FIA Formula 2 and 3 Prize Giving event not only celebrated the achievements of PREMA Racing and their rivals but also highlighted the incredible talent and dedication within the world of motorsports. As teams and drivers prepare for the upcoming season, the spirit of competition and pursuit of excellence that defined the gala promises an even more thrilling year ahead in the world of Formula 2 and 3 racing.