Marino Sato and Roy Nissany did not score points at the end of a midpack race. The qualifying results forced both drivers to take on a challenging race at the Tuscan venue.
In the opening race of round 9 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, running at the stunning Mugello circuit which is hosting the series for the first time, the Team Trident drivers did not make it to the points. The result was undoubtedly influenced by a tough qualifying session, which saw Sato and Nissany end up in P17 and P18 respectively. However, in a Feature Race conditioned by two safety-car interventions, both drivers managed to recover some positions.
The 21-year-old Japanese put up a positive race pace and completed the first run of the weekend not far from the top ten in P14. Nissany, who had lost time stalling during the tire change, managed to catch up with the pack during the neutralization. The 25-year-old Israeli could not make the difference in the final stages with the "option" tires and finished behind his teammate. Now the drivers and their technical staff will handle the preparation work for the Sprint Race, which will start tomorrow morning at 11:55.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"It has been a quiet Feature Race for our drivers, who were unable to end up in the top ten after a troubled qualifying session. Nissany's race was positive until the tire change when he stalled and lost valuable seconds. Sato's race did not feature big highlights. He recovered some positions compared to qualifying and finished in fourteenth place".