FIA F2 Championship, Spielberg, Sprint Race Report
In the second race held on the ups and downs of the Red Bull Ring, Giuliano Alesi was forced to retire due to a rear-end collision that caused the suspension of his car to break. Ryan Tveter made a promising debut in the series, but turning off the engine during the tire change cost him a chance to score a points finish.
In the Sprint Race held at the Spielberg circuit, which wrapped up the sixth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, Team Trident failed to achieve a points-paying position, which represented the minimum goal of the day in particular for Giuliano Alesi. The 19-year-old driver from Avignon, who started from the 13th position on the grid, was hit by a contender at the first corner. In the impact, the suspension of the Ferrari Driver Academy-supported driver broke, forcing him to surrender after a few hundred meters of the race.
On the other hand, the first foray of 20-year-old American Ryan Tveter in the FIA Formula 2 Championship was definitely promising. After a good first part of the race, when the running was neutralized with the safety car, he was called back to the pits for a tire change. During the operation, the engine shut off, costing Tveter more than 15 seconds which, if removed from his race result, would have allowed him to be in the points easily. Now the drivers and technical staff of Team Trident will concentrate on the next round of the season scheduled after a one-week break, at Silverstone.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"The Sprint Race didn't even start for Giuliano Alesi, who was hit by another car at the first corner. Ryan Tveter's debut has certainly been a positive one. Unfortunately, switching off the engine during the tire change precluded the possibility for him to score his first points in the series at his first try. Without the 15 second lost, Ryan would have ended up between fifth and eighth place.”