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FIA F.2 Championship, Monte Carlo, Feature Race Report

FIA F.2 Championship, Monte Carlo, Feature Race Report

Trident Motorsport ends up close to the points zone, sets fastest lap

Trident Motorsport ended up close to the points zone with Calan Williams in the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race at Monte Carlo. On the other hand, Richard Verschoor was again conditioned by his backward starting position on the grid. However, the Dutch racer set the fastest lap of the race. 

Trident Motorsport and Calan Williams ended up close to the points zone today at Monte Carlo in the closing race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the legendary Monaco venue. The 21-year-old Australian had a great start and benefitted from a quick pit-stop and a sharp strategy featuring an opening stint on Prime tyres. 

Williams defended eighth position well until the closing laps of the Feature Race, when he was caught by two contenders at the chicane and dropped to P10. On the final lap, the Perth native was rear-ended by another driver and forced to retire. Richard Verschoor delivered an excellent start from the back of the pack and immediately managed to move up to P17. The Dutchman got the nod on Bolukbasi before posting a series of fast laps, a testament to the great performance level of his racecar. At the end of lap 10, Verschoor switched from Option to Prime tires, rejoining the pack P17. The dynamics of the race, which featured two Safety-Car interventions, did not help his strategy, so he eventually finished outside the points zone in 12th position. However, the 21-year-old set the fastest lap in the race, showcasing a very competitive potential again.

Unfortunately, the lack of overtaking opportunities at Monte Carlo prevented him from bringing home a better result. The next round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season is scheduled on the very fast Azerbaijani track of Baku from June 10th to 12th.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Feature Race Quote

"We leave Monte Carlo with zero points due to a negative qualifying session that compromised our weekend. However, I think we can take some positive points from today's race. Verschoor set the fastest lap and showed a very solid race pace, a sign that he has a very competitive racecar. The double neutralization penalized his race strategy, as he was starting with Option tires. As for Williams, he had managed to climb back up to the points zone with a good start, an excellent pit stop and the strategy of starting with Prime tires. Calan was defending eighth place well until he left the door open at the chicane and was overtaken by two other drivers. On the final lap, he was punted from behind and sent off-track."