Roy Nissany and Marino Sato did not enter the points in the first race in Sakhir, home to the penultimate round of the F2 season.
In the opening race for the 11th round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, running at Bahrain International Circuit, Team Trident drivers Roy Nissany and Marino Sato did not score points. The Tel Aviv-based driver, who started from the sixth row on the grid, delivered a solid first stint of the race, which saw him climb up to sixth place on lap 13.
After clearing his pit-stop four laps later, Nissany was slowed down by traffic and was unable to go beyond P15 at the finish. The pace of the 25-year-old Israeli, who is the Williams F1 third driver, dropped after the switch to the softer option compound. It was a pity given that Nissany had shown the potential to finish in the top-8 and benefit from a competitive position on the Sprint Race starting grid.
On the other hand, 21-year-old Japanese Marino Sato had a mostly uneventful day at the track located close to the Capital of Bahrain, Manama. After starting from the penultimate row on the starting grid, he struggled to find the race pace and never managed to attempt a comeback. This explains the 20th position at the end for Sato, who was not able to confirm the good progress highlighted after Mugello, where he had scored his first point of the season. Now the drivers and technical staff of Team Trident will face the preparation work for the Sprint Race, which will start tomorrow morning at 13:00 local time, 11:00 in Central Europe.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“In the first part of the Feature Race, our cars performed at fairly competitive levels. Nissany kept a good pace and was running just outside the top-5. Unfortunately, there was a small mistake in the tire change that partially affected the result of the day. With the "Option" tires, the ones with softer compound, the pace of our driver deteriorated. It's a shame because we would have probably been able to finish in the top-8 and start at the front in the Sprint Race. Regarding Sato, his race did not offer any particular highlights and was less brilliant than the last few outings”.