In the final race held at Sakhir, Trident Motorsport drivers Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal were penalized due to safety-car violations and could not hit the points zone as they did in Sprint Race 2.
In the Feature Race that wrapped up the opening round of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Sakhir track, Trident drivers Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal were prevented from making their way to the points zone due to the lowly position on the starting grid and time penalties that negatively affected their balance. Sato and Viscaal completed the Feature Race in fourteenth and seventeenth place respectively. The Japanese driver started with the "prime" tires from the P18 on the grid and finished with the "option" compound. That turned out to be the most favourable strategy due to a late safety car that compacted the pack, benefitting the drivers who chose to use the softer compound tyres at the end. Although Sato put up a positive race pace, a five-second penalty for a safety-car infringement affected his result, relegating him to the fourteenth place after he was stuck in traffic in the early stages of the race. Unlike his teammate, Bent Viscaal started with the “option” tires, managing to come into sight of the top-ten in his first stint. The Dutchman, who was disadvantaged by the dynamics of the race, returned to the pit lane twice and also suffered a ten-second penalty due to safety-car infractions. He eventually finished in P17. The calendar of the FIA Formula 2 Championship has a few weeks off which will allow the teams and drivers to work on the data collected in the Bahrain opener. F2 will be back during the third weekend of May for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix weekend.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“It has been a difficult weekend for Trident Motorsport. In the Feature Race, we were unable to repeat the positive result achieved in Sprint Race 2, when we claimed the first point of the season. In today's Feature Race, Marino Sato and Bent Viscaal were conditioned by the low position on the starting grids and by the penalties they were assessed under the safety car. The strategy of starting with the “prime” compound on Sato's car could have been rewarding without the time penalty. Now we have to work on the data collected ahead of the next event on the Monte Carlo street circuit in late May ”.