Trident Motorsport out of the points zone in Saturday's Sprint Race.
The opening race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monte Carlo saw the Trident Motorsport driver miss the points zone due to a lowly position on the starting grid.
The fifth round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship went underway at Monte Carlo as the legendary street circuit hosted the opening race of the weekend, the Sprint Race. In the qualifying session, Trident Motorsport achieved P13 with Australian rookie Calan Williams and P21 with Richard Verschoor, who was affected by electrical problems at the decisive moment of the session. The narrow streets of Monte Carlo notably offer no room for overtaking and, without any tire change strategy to bank on in the Sprint Race, the points zone was unreachable for the team.
The Sprint Race was in fact a small train, in which Verschoor managed to recover to P13 with a good start and a few retirements. The 21-year-old driver from the Netherlands finished in the same position, one spot ahead of teammate Williams, who scored P14 in his first race on the streets of the Principality. Only rain could have shuffled the situation, but the asphalt stayed dry until the end.
Both Trident Motorsport cars performed at a good pace, but it was not materially possible to achieve more. The Feature Race, which will wrap up the FIA Formula 2 weekend, is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:50 a.m. local time. The main race features tire changes and offers more room for strategies. With perfect performance and a bit of good luck, the team might have a chance to return home with some points.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race Quote:
"We are clearly not satisfied with the outcome of today's race: due to the backward position on the starting grid, our drivers finished the Sprint Race outside the points zone. Williams was making his debut on the streets of Monte Carlo and finished in 14th place, right behind Verschoor. The driver from the Netherlands had more experience with the venue but was forced to start from the back of the grid due to an electrical problem that occurred during qualifying. For tomorrow’s feature race, we will try to recover using the strategy variable offered by the mandatory tire change."