On the up-and-down Styrian circuit, Israeli racer Roy Nissany and Japanese Marino Sato ended up at the middle of the pack in a chaotic race due to heavy rain. The driver from Tel Aviv logged the fastest lap of the day.
In the opening race for round 2 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, scheduled again at Red Bull Ring, Team Trident drivers Marino Sato and Roy Nissanydelivered a consistent race that saw them end up in 15th and 16th place respectively. For both drivers, the limited experience on a wet track resulted in a placing that was not in line with expectations. Sato experienced an excellent qualifying session and scored the 11th fastest lap time, two positions ahead of his Israeli teammate. The Feature Race was chaotic as the start was delayed for over an hour due to the heavy rain that had made the Austrian racetrack impracticable. Only in the late afternoon, conditions improved, allowing the stewards to start the race in safety car condition and with a reduced distance of 36 laps. Sato and Nissany delivered a consistent and mistake-free race, showing a convincing pace at times, but they were unable to make it to the points zone. The Tel Aviv-born driver set the fastest lap of the race, confirming the solid potential that makes the team confident ahead of the Sprint Race. The technical staff of TeamTrident is now analyzing the data collected with the drivers, to prepare the final race of the Austrian doubleheader with n accurate approach. Race 2 which will start tomorrow at 11:10 AM.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"It wasn’t an easy day for our drivers, who had limited experience on a wet track. After a promising qualifying session, with a sixth and a seventh row on the starting grid, Sato and Nissany put up a solid and mistake-free race in the middle of the pack. This weekend, I saw positive progress in Sato from qualifying, while Nissany's pace has been somewhat slowed by the dynamics of the race themselves. On the other hand, his potential is confirmed by the fastest lap. We are confident ahead of tomorrow's Sprint Race. "