FIA Formula 2 Championship, Pre-season test round 2
Team Trident completed the work schedule set by its technical staff without any kind of issue in the second pre-season test held in Montmelò from 5th to 7th March 2019. Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung impressed with their solid pace.
Three days of testing on the Catalan circuit of Montmelò enabled teams and drivers of the FIA Formula 2 Championship to take their second and final step in preparation for the championship’ season opener, scheduled for the last weekend of March together with the Bahrain Grand Prix in Al Sakhir.
Lining-up at the Iberian track located just outside Barcelona, the Milan-based squad hit the track with Ferrari Driver Academy driver Giuliano Alesi, who is set for his rookie F2 season, and 21-year-old Swiss Ralph Boschung. Both drivers carried out the work plans by the team's technical staff and worked on set-up and tire management allowing the team to collect a wide range of data.
The pace set by the Team Trident drivers was convincing, as they positioned themselves among the frontrunners in most of the situations, with the Swiss racer even managing to score P1 in the second session held on March 6th. Boschung took advantage of the experience built in 2017 and early 2018 and, as the days went by, he found the right chemistry with the Team Trident car and work methods, two factors that contributed to his great showing on the ups and downs of Circuit de Catalunya.
In light of the positive results of the two rounds of testing carried out at Jerez and Montmelò, which, as usual, proved particularly tough in terms of the tire management, Team Trident will analyse the information gathered so to be as prepared as possible for the season opener scheduled for March 29th to 31st at Bahrain International Circuit.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"At the end of the first two rounds of pre-season testing, held at Jerez and Barcelona, our balance is definitely positive. The technical staff gathered all the necessary data and our drivers showed remarkable potential. Boschung was able to get more and more involved in the team's work mechanisms. As a consequence, his pace constantly improved. He was praised by the whole team for his extremely professional approach and really gave his 100 per cent in completing the work scheduled. As for Alesi, his performance in Montmelò was not in line with his potential, but it is normal due to the adaptation process for a rookie in the championship. After the first two rounds of testing, there are really positive indications. We now head towards the first round of the season in Bahrain with the utmost confidence! "