FIA F2 Championship, Sakhir, Feature Race Report
Team Trident drivers Ralph Boschung and Giuliano Alesi barely missed the points zone in the opening round of the season in Bahrain despite showing impressive potential.
The 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season started with a convincing performance for the Team Trident drivers in Al Sakhir, Bahrain. Ralph Boschung and Giuliano Alesi who scored the 9th and 15th place in qualifying respectively, barely missed the points zone at the end of a positive run. The 21-year-old Swissman managed a solid race pace although his result was impacted by some positions lost at the beginning due to an electric issue. The problem caused his car to shut off twice while running in front of Mick Schumacher, who ended up P8 and will start tomorrow’s sprint race from the pole. Boschung was thus prevented from running in clean air and suffered from tire degradation in the closing stages. On the other hand, 19-year-old Frenchman Giuliano Alesi had a promising debut race in the category. Alesi, as well as his teammate, lost a couple of spots early despite making a good jump at the start. The Ferrari Driver Academy man delivered a recovery race despite running on a track where thermal degradation is extremely relevant. He scored 12th place just behind his teammate. Now the two Team Trident drivers will analyze the data collected in preparation for the Sprint Race which will take-off at 14:15 local time, 12:15 Italian time.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We showed an encouraging potential with both drivers in our first race of the season in Bahrain. This aspect makes me confident for tomorrow's race and for the upcoming round of the season. Boschung, who scored a good ninth place in qualifying, lost some positions in the early stages of the race but maintained an extremely solid pace. Some electrical problems, which caused the engine to shut down, prevented him from entering the top-10. As for Alesi, the French driver was making his debut in the category and certainly did not disappoint. For him, it was not going to be easy to manage a comeback race together with the thermal degradation, which is particularly relevant in Bahrain. We have solid reasons to be satisfied with both drivers and we aim to confirm our good potential by scoring points in tomorrow's Sprint Race. Today's race result does not reflect the potential expressed by our drivers”.