Trident have confirmed that Roman Stanek will graduate to Formula 2, joining Clément Novalak to complete the team’s 2023 line-up. He joins the team having raced for Trident in FIA Formula 3, where he finished fifth in the Drivers' Championship in 2022.
Stanek started the campaign strongly and was an early Championship contender following a victory in the Imola Feature Race. A slight dip in form during the middle phase of the campaign dropped him the top five in the Drivers’ Championship. He rallied after the summer break, Stanek was one of seven drivers in contention for the title at the finale in Monza, ultimately finishing fifth overall.
The 18-year-old graduated from karting to single seaters in 2019, winning twice in German F4 and once in Italian F4 and finishing fourth and fifth in both Championships respectively. From there, Stanek graduated to Formula 3 for 2020 and has made improvements across his three seasons in the Championship, culminating in his top five finish last year.
Stanek subsequently took part in the post-season test with Trident at Yas Marina following the end of the 2022 F2 season, logging a total of 246 laps across the three days.
"We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Roman Staněk and partner with him for his move to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, which is always a key step for a driver's career,” Trident Team Manager, Giacomo Ricci said. “I think that moving up within the same organization is an important added value in terms of continuity. He knows the team very well, and we will be able to support him in the best possible way. Staněk had a remarkable 2022 season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Trident Motorsport, and I think there are all the components that are needed to perform at a high level this year as well."
Stanek himself added that he was looking forward to the challenge of Formula 2 and that his existing relationship with the team was a huge positive heading into the 2023 campaign.
“I’m very thrilled to be working with Trident again this year. I’m already at work with the team and Giacomo, who is a great mentor to me, to achieve our goals together. This is going to be a year full of challenges and I’m ready for it.”