In the first race held in Russia, Roy Nissany was forced to surrender due to a multi-car contact at the first corner. Marino Sato positively kept the Team Trident banner high with a positive 13th place.
In the opening race for round 10 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, scheduled at the Sochi Autodrom near the Black Sea, the Team Trident drivers faced mixed fortunes. While Roy Nissany was forced to retire in the early stages of the race after being taken out in a multi-car contact which involved six cars at the first corner, Japanese Marino Sato delivered a solid comeback. The driver from Yokohama was off to a good start, climbing up to the 11th position. Sato kept a remarkable race pace until, in the final phase of the opening stint on "prime" tires, another driver pushed him off the line. After the tire change, which was carried on swiftly on lap 18, Sato continued to keep a good pace to finish in P13 completing good overtaking manoeuvres. A top-10 finish would have been in his frame, as he took eighth place in the Sprint Race during the previous round at Mugello. As for Roy Nissany, there's the regret for a race that hardly even begun due to contact at the first corner, in which the Israeli had his front wing damaged beyond repair. Now the drivers and the technical staff of Team Trident will face the preparation work for the Sprint Race, which will start tomorrow morning at 10:50 local time, 9:50 am in Central Europe.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Unfortunately, Nissany was involved in a multi-car contact in the attrition of the first corner and was forced to retire with a broken front wing. Sato, on the other hand, had a solid race but lost too much time in the final part of the first stint with the "prime" tires after being pushed off-line by Markelov. The team was highly-reactive during the pit stop. In the final phase of the Feature Race, Sato's pace returned to good levels. I think the points were within reach for our drivers."