Bent Viscaal and Marino Sato suffered from different kinds of issues in the lone practice session, which impacted the balance of Trident Motorsport in the opening race in the Principality. In an uneventful race, almost shy of overtake manoeuvres and surprises, they didn't end up in the points.
The second round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monte Carlo officially began with Sprint Race 1, the only one scheduled for today. Sprint Race 2 and the Future Race will be tomorrow at 8:20 and 17:15 CET respectively. In a race that provided only a few overtakes, as often happens on the technical Monegasque venue, the qualifying results heavily affected the result of the Trident Motorsport drivers.
Bent Viscaal started from P15 on the grid and gained one position during the 30-lap Sprint Race 1. The driver from Albergen made no mistakes running in the middle of the pack, and will start from the seventh row in Sprint Race 2, following the fourteenth place secured today.
When the Dutchman had a clear track in front of him, he set a very good race pace. Viscaal made contact with the wall during the free practice session, and that prevented him from trying the Option tires and preparing adequately for qualifying. Marino Sato wasn't much luckier in his first outing on the Monte Carlo circuit. The driver from Yokohama, who was P18 in the qualifying session, had to give up a large part of the free practice session due to an engine issue not dependent on the team. Sato did his best in qualifying and learned the circuit during the race. In the final stages, the Japanese hit the St.Devote barriers and was forced to retire. The Trident Motorsport drivers, both making their debut on the street course of Monte Carlo, will now analyze the data collected in today's heat with the team's technical staff. So far, the problems had qualifying proved to be a major obstacle for both.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Viscaal's race was quite positive. The Dutchman made a good start and kept a positive race pace. When he had a clear track, he put up a very encouraging pace and had great chemistry with his car. Viscaal apologized for the contact with the wall during free practice, which prevented him from testing the Option compound tyres and preparing for qualifying, on a circuit where the starting position is a deciding factor. As for Mario Sato, he suffered a technical problem linked to the engine, something that did not depend on the team and that prevented him from running in the free practice session. Sato did everything he could in qualifying and only learned the track during the race, ending up against the barriers in the final stages. For two rookie drivers, the inability to have proper free practice runs was a very heavy handicap."