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2024 Alpine Academy Silverstone Report – Double Podium at British GP

Gabriele Minì and Kush Maini brought home two more podium finishes for the Alpine Academy at Silverstone last weekend.

In Round 7 of FIA Formula 3, Gabriele (PREMA Racing) claimed second place in the Feature Race to take home his fourth podium of the season and move himself up to first in the Championship standings.

In FIA Formula 2, Kush (Invicta Racing) also claimed his fourth podium of the season having been promoted to third in the Sprint Race following post-race penalties.

Victor Martins (ART Grand Prix)

Practice: 18 / Qualifying: 2 / Sprint Race: DNF / Feature Race: 5 / Standing: 14

“It was a good weekend overall in Silverstone. We had the pace to fight at the front all weekend in both the dry and wet conditions. We made some good steps forward in the car and putting it on the front row in Qualifying is a huge confidence boost for myself and the team, who have been working really hard since the beginning of the season. In the two races there were aspects that went as expected but also others that did not. We were fast in the Sprint Race and the performance was one of our strongest this season, unfortunately contact with my team-mate ended my race early. For the Feature Race we showed that we are capable of once again fighting with the top teams. We took all the understanding from errors in previous races and were able to get a good start. It was a promising weekend for the future, step by step we are getting closer to where we need to be.”

Kush Maini (Invicta Racing)

Practice: 16 / Qualifying: 8 / Sprint Race: 3 / Feature Race: 19 / Standing: 9

“It was a mixed weekend in Silverstone for the team. The pace was strong but traffic in Qualifying cost us a higher position. It was great to get promoted to third in the Sprint Race but an unfortunate brake issue in the Feature Race meant we were not able to score points on Sunday. I am keeping my eye on what is ahead and looking forward to Budapest in two weeks.”

Gabriele Minì (PREMA Racing)

Practice: 19 / Qualifying: 14 / Sprint Race: 6 / Feature Race: 2 / Standing: 1

“We had a pretty good weekend in Silverstone. We didn’t manage to qualify at the front, so in the end the weekend would be about us recovering those positions in the races. In the Sprint Race we managed to have a good first lap to gain five places and score some points, but Sunday’s race would of course be the main focus with the larger haul of points available. Our championship rivals were starting in the top five, so it was not going to be easy but in the end with the weather and our tyre strategy we were able to finish second. We go back home after qualifying 14th with 24 points in the bag which is mega, and we are going into Hungary with the Championship lead.”

Nikola Tsolov (ART Grand Prix)  

Practice: 3 / Qualifying: 8 / Sprint Race: 5 / Feature Race: 15 / Standing: 8

“Silverstone was a weekend with really high potential, but nothing was maximised. We were really quick in the wet Free Practice session and, although going into Qualifying it was our first run in the dry, and I did a lap which put me in good stead for pole position but there was an incident in front which slowed us down and dropped me to eighth. The first race was good, we gained a few places to get into the top five. The unpredictable conditions in the Feature Race meant tyre strategy was a gamble and unfortunately luck did not fall our way this time. It is a positive to know we have the pace and can fight for wins in the coming rounds.”

Sophia Flörsch (Van Amersfoort Racing)

Practice: 24 / Qualifying: 25 / Sprint Race: DNF / Feature Race: DNF / Standing: 27

“Sometimes there are weekends which you would rather forget, unfortunately for us Silverstone was one of those weekends. I only managed to do nine push laps over the whole weekend, and I was unable to finish either race due to contact in both meaning I had to retire early. It was especially frustrating on Sunday as we had the right strategy but sometimes luck does not go your way. Silverstone definitely proved once again that the weather can be unpredictable, but the fans are dedicated. It was incredible to see so many people out there cheering everyone on despite the rain. We are taking the positives from the weekend, and we will aim to turn the page for Budapest again in two weeks.”

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