Running in front of a friendly crowd, Trident Motorsport delivered its best performance of the season, cruising to second place in Sprint Race 2 with Bent Viscaal. The Dutch racer was coming from a positive P7 in Race 1. On the other hand, teammate Marino Sato was slowed down by engine issues and by contact.
Running at home definitely had a positive impact on Trident Motorsport. The Milan-based team captured its best result of the season as Bent Viscaal took second place in Sprint Race 2 at Monza, home to the fifth round of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship. The series, which was back after almost two months of hiatus, put up two really spectacular courses on the famous Italian track. In Sprint Race 1, Viscaal delivered a remarkable comeback from P18 on the grid to seventh place at the end. The driver from Albergen did not make a single mistake and showed a good attitude in overtaking at the difficult venue. On the other hand, Marino Sato was less lucky as he was P14 at the end of qualifying. The Japanese racer was forced to come back to the pits in the opening race, ending up in P16. In Sprint Race 2, Viscaal had a superb jump off the grid and quickly gained one position. After clinching third place, he fought hard for the second position, which he managed to secure after pressuring a rival driver into a mistake. P2 is the best result of the season for Trident Motorsport as the team is finally back to the rostrum in front of a home crowd. Sato was involved in an early contact and was forced to pit with a broken wing. He eventually finished the race in P20. The Trident Motorsport drivers are now looking forward put the data collected to fruition as they prepare for the Feature Race, set for tomorrow at 10:25 in front of the Italian Grand Prix crowd.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Qualifying and Race 1
“We are absolutely satisfied with the great performance by Viscaal, who performed on impressive levels and completed a challenging recovery from the 18th place on the grid all the way to P7 at the end. It's a really positive result as the team can clinch some points which were missing since Baku when the Dutchman had taken P4. Sato was not lucky as he was forced to go back to the pit lane due to an engine issue. Once back on track, the Japanese racer ended up in P16".
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Race 2
“We are finally back on the Formula 2 podium. We are extremely delighted with the result secured by Viscaal. He was quick at the start and kept a really competitive pace. Viscaal thus ended up in a highly deserved second place that is extremely important not only in terms of both championships, but also for the morale of both the team and the driver. He will have to keep the same motivation intact for the coming races. Unfortunately, Sato's race was ruined by early contact."