The tough streets of the Principality set a unique challenge. Following its positive run at Sakhir, Trident Motorsport is looking to carry good momentum in the second round of the season. Both Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal will be at their maiden Monte Carlo experience.
The historical Monte Carlo street course is set to host the second round of the FIA Formula 2 season this weekend, as the series goes back underway after the collective test held at Montmelò from April 23rd to 25th. Back at the Spanish venue, the session ended with Team Trident driver Bent Viscaal scoring the fastest lap time of the PM session on the last day.
The 21-year-old Dutchman will be accompanied by Trident Motorsport this weekend for his debut in Monaco as the team is hoping to carry good momentum after a positive run in the Bahrain opener. Lining up alongside Viscaal will be Marino Sato, who will also make his first career start at Monte Carlo. The 22-year-old Japanese, who made it to the points zone at Sakhir, is looking forward to delivering an equally competitive performance and improving his championship position.
The technical staff of Trident Motorsport will face the demanding task of supporting two drivers for their debut on the Monegasque circuit. It will be important for them to rely on the team's experience and to avoid any mistake right from free practice, lining up for qualifying in ideal conditions. The 3.337-km long Monte Carlo track will host two 30-lap Sprint races and a 40-lap feature race which will go underway on Saturday.
Monte Carlo is the slowest circuit on the calendar, with no fast corners, and has hairpin turns with the lowest speeds on the calendar. Downforce is therefore crucial, while low speeds and hot air can create brake temperature issues. The track surface, which is normally open to traffic in the main town of Monte Carlo, can be bumpy. For this reason, it is important for the set-up to keep the car well firm on the ground. Traction plays a key role, as well as driving precision: there is no margin to recover even the tinest error.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Monte Carlo is a fascinating and challenging track, and both our drivers will make their debut there. The technical staff will guide them with great attention and dedication. It will be key for Sato and Viscaal not to make mistakes in free practice and the following qualifying session is going to be vital, due to the lack of overtaking opportunities. I'm expecting a tough weekend, but I'm sure that there is the potential we need to perform with both drivers. The new format, featuring three races for the first time at Monte Carlo, will also offer more opportunities to impress for the outsiders. Of course, it will be pivotal to stay away from the guard rails, not make mistakes and take advantage of every opportunity.”
The FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will enter the track for the first time on Thursday morning at 9:45 am for free practice. Qualifying is scheduled for the same day, at 13:20 pm, with the cars divided into two groups due to the small size of the venue. Sprint Race 1 will be on Friday at 11:45 am, while Sprint Race 2 is scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:20 am. The Feature Race, which will conclude the weekend, will start on Saturday afternoon at 17.15 pm. Track activity will be broadcasted live by the Sky Sport F1 networks.