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FIA F2 Championship, Baku, Feature Race Report

FIA F2 Championship, Baku, Feature Race Report

In the final race held at the street course overlooking the Caspian Sea, the Trident drivers performed on solid levels although they didn't enter the top-10. Bent Viscaal lost a points finish when he was rear-ended by another car. Marino Sato's result was conditioned by his backward position on the starting grid and by a delay at the pit stop.

In the Sprint Race that wrapped up the third round of the 2021 FIA Formula, 2 Championship on the Baku city track, the Trident Motorsport drivers performed at high levels but did not secure point finishes. There is some bitterness for the rear-end collision that Bent Viscaal suffered in the middle part of the race, and that prevented the Albergen-born driver from finishing inside the top ten. The Dutchman had a very good start from P15 and was in the points zone. Unfortunately, the car driven by fellow countryman Verschoor crashed into him at the end of the front straight. Viscaal was pushed into the escape road and lost valuable time which compromised his result. Viscaal delivered a series of fast laps, confirming his remarkable level of performance. 

Marino Sato, who started from 19th position on the grid, put up a positive comeback race, ending up not far away from the points zone. The Japanese driver made no mistakes but was prevented from going even further by his position on the starting grid, which came after contact against the barriers in free practice, and by a delay during the pit-stop. The series calendar now allows a few weeks off, which will enable the drivers to work on the data collected in Azerbaijan, a positive source of information for Trident Motorsport. F2 will be back in the third weekend of July, supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The team and its drivers aim to confirm the good signs that emerged this weekend.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Race 3 commentary

“We are not satisfied with today's balance. Our cars turned out to be very competitive, but we didn't get the results we deserved. Unfortunately, Viscaal, who had an excellent race pace and was comfortably into the top-ten, was hit by his fellow countryman Verschoor, who compromised our driver’s. Regarding Sato, the Japanese racer also expressed himself at a convincing pace, but a tyre change issue eventually delayed him."