Trident Team scored its first points finish of the season as Ralph Boschung ended up P10. Giuliano Alesi was forced to retire after a spin during the opening lap.
The opening race of the third round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, started on the Catalan circuit of Montmelò, brought the first points of the season to Team Trident. Ralph Boschung, who started from the seventh position on the grid, led the race in the middle stint for a long time, proving to be the fastest among the drivers who had started with the harder compound tires.
The 21-year-old Swiss driver managed the thermal degradation well, maintaining a solid race pace, and delivered a good comeback in the end which earned him the tenth position. The team's strategy turned out to be the correct one. If the Monthey-based man managed to stay steady in his rhythm in the second part of the first stint, his result would have been even better. Giuliano Alesi's race was unlucky, as he ended up in the gravel during the first lap following a spin.
For the French rookie, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, there was no chance of returning to the action and retired immediately, and will start at the back of the pack in the Sprint Race which will be held tomorrow at 11:30 am, just before the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. The technical staff of the Team Trident is now busy with the drivers, analysing the data collected, in order to prepare the final race of the weekend on Iberian soil. The goal is to collect another positive result.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"The Team Trident cars were quite competitive on a technical and demanding track like that of Catalunya. Ralph Boschung started from the seventh position on the grid and delivered a convincing race, finishing in tenth place. Unfortunately, there was a lack of constancy in the pace, otherwise our driver would have ended up in an even more advanced position. The strategy adopted by the team turned out to be the correct one. We are sorry for Giuliano Alesi's early retirement because for him it is a priority to make experience in these early stages of the season”.
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