The Trident Motorsport drivers didn't make it to the points zone in the two sprint races held at Silverstone. A difficult qualifying session forced Bent Viscaal and Marino Sato to start from the back. In Sprint Race 2, Viscaal was punted off the track by another driver.
The fourth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship went into action at the iconic Silverstone track today with the running of the opening two races on British soil, while the Feature Race will wrap up the series' trip to Britain at 10:50 local time tomorrow. The first two heats at the Grand Prix track, located south of Northampton, didn't provide the Trident Motorsport drivers with much satisfaction, as they could not make an impression like happened in the previous event at Baku.
The outcome of the day for Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal was affected by a lacklustre qualifying session that relegated them to P21 and P17 on the grid respectively. The Japanese racer was slowed down by an engine issue in practice, and the problem occurred again in Sprint Race 1. Sato was forced to sit for a long stop in the pit lane, which removed any chance of recovery for the 21-year-old.
As for Bent Viscaal, the Dutchman didn't manage to fight back in the closing stages, despite the strategy set by Trident Motorsport's technical staff. The team decided to call him back to the pits and put a set of soft tyres on, so to give the Albergen-born driver a competitive advantage. Viscaal concluded away from the points in P16. Then, in Sprint Race 2, he was thrown into the gravel trap by another driver. Although he was unharmed, he had to retire on lap 5. Marino Sato had no particular surprises in race 2 and never managed to get the points in his sights. The technical staff of Trident Motorsport will now focus on preparing for the Feature Race, which will conclude the weekend at the home of British Motorsport.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Qualifying & Race 1 quote
“Our drivers didn't find the right chemistry with the Silverstone track and they weren't adequately incisive in qualifying. The backward positions on the starting grid forced Bent Viscaal and Marino Sato to a comeback strategy. In Sprint Race 1, the Japanese suffered engine issues not dependant on the team. In the final stint after the safety car, we put on a set of Soft tires on Viscaal's car to facilitate his recovery. Nonetheless, he couldn't aim for the points zone.”
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Race 2 quote
“There aren't many points to make at the end of a race that saw Bent Viscaal retire in the first few laps due to a rear-end collision with a rival, while Marino Sato did not have the necessary pace to recover from the back due to tyre degradation. Viscaal had positive remarks about the changes made to his car, and they will be retained tomorrow."