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FIA F2 Championship, Abu Dhabi, Sprint Race 1 & 2 Report

FIA F2 Championship, Abu Dhabi, Sprint Race 1 & 2 Report

Trident Motorsport drivers Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal did not reach the points in the first two races held at the Emirates course after an unincisive qualifying performance.
 
The opening race day on the revamped Yas Marina circuit didn't favor the Trident Motorsport drivers, who could not make it to the points zone. The balance was affected by a not-so-lucky qualifying session which forced them to start from the back. Marino Sato started from P14 on the grid for race 1 but lost a few positions in the initial stages. The Japanese racer completed the opening lap in the last place. He then got stuck behind a pack of drivers and could not recover beyond P19. 
 
Bent Viscaal had a positive recovery in race 1, fighting back to P13 from the P17 on the grid. His good pace was highlighted by setting the fifth fastest lap of the race. In Sprint Race 2, the Dutchman started from P13 on the grid, and with a hard-fighting attitude, he climbed back to 10th place. Without some time lost in the early stages, Viscaal would have had the potential for the points zone. Sato, who started from P19, eventually claimed the 14th spot.
 
The Trident Motorsport drivers will now use the data collected in preparation for the Feature Race, scheduled for Sunday at 13:00 (local) before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix crowd.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race 1:
 
The outcome of qualifying impacted the results of the opening race of the weekend. Our drivers made good starts but didn't manage to score points. Sato lost a few spots early in the running, while Viscaal showed a solid race pace. He was one of the five fastest drivers on track.
 
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Sprint Race 2:

We managed to achieve a top-10 finish with Viscaal, who won several on-track battles and once again showed a positive race pace. Unfortunately, he lost valuable ground during the initial stages. Otherwise, he would have finished in the points. Marino Sato could get beyond P16 at the end of an uneventful run.