PREMA Racing are used to winning in Formula 3. In 2019, they took the Teams’ title by 304 points. In 2020, they were 209 points ahead. But this year, that margin stands at just 25 points over Trident with one round to go.
So, while they’re still on top ahead of the finale in Sochi, things are much tighter than they’re used to, but team boss René Rosin says he’s relishing the fight.
“The more challenges you get, the more you push yourselves to improve,” Rosin said. “It’s not as rewarding when things are easy. If you’re pushed hard and you finish on top, that shows the work you’ve done.
“And we’re continuing to push. We cannot sit down and relax based on what we’ve done in previous years. Every year is a new challenge and I think that we’ve demonstrated that we’re a really good team.
“It is normal. The more time passes, the more the teams are working to try and catch us. We are still up there, and we are still leading both championships, so I’m really happy with how things have gone so far.”
PREMA have still taken the largest haul of silverware, with seven wins and 14 podiums in total, compared to Trident’s tally of four wins and 11 podiums. But the two sides have had a similar number of pointless finishes, with PREMA out of the points 19 times, and Trident 20.
It was in Spa-Francorchamps where PREMA’s challenge truly took a hit, with Rosin’s men scoring just eight points, compared to the 80 that Trident took home. A similar experience in Sochi and the title would be Trident’s.
However, PREMA can also clinch the Championship as early as Saturday afternoon if they finish the second Sprint Race with an advantage of 60 points in the Standings.
“Spa was our most difficult weekend,” said Rosin. “Everything went bad from Qualifying onwards and we lost a good number of points in both championships. We bounced back pretty well in Zandvoort though, which was very, very positive for everybody.
“My first target is to get Olli Caldwell back to the positions that he deserves. His performances were not up there in Spa or Zandvoort. He scored only eight points, but I am certain that he will bounce back in Sochi.
“We need all three drivers to score points and we need to push everyone back on top. We need to regroup in Sochi and have one last push, one last attack - we will try to do our best.”