The final heat held at the British venue saw the two Trident Motorsport drivers, Bent Viscaal and Marino Sato, race with different strategies. They put up impressive performances but did not manage to fight for the points due to their backward starting position.
The fourth round of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship was rounded out today by the running of the Feature Race at Silverstone. The Trident Motorsport drivers performed at appreciable levels but could not aim for the points due to their low starting positions coming from a less-than-optimal qualifying session.
Bent Viscaal started from the 17th position with Option tires. The Dutchman lost spots due to wheelspin at the start. However, he made a good recovery in the first part of the race. The strategy was chosen to extend the first stint and allow him to be more competitive on "Prime" tires at the end. After the pit stop, Viscaal promptly overtook Boschung but got stuck behind Beckmann and did not go beyond P13.
Marino Sato started from P21 on the grid due to an engine problem that slowed him down in qualifying. The strategy chosen for the Japanese was the opposite of his teammate's. He started with the “Prime” tyres and then moved on to the more performing “Option” with a lighter fuel load. The 22-year-old Yokohama-born racer made a good start, but his grid position prevented him from going beyond P19. However, Sato delivered some impressive lap times in the process.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship has now reached its halfway point. It is time for a break which will last for more than a month. The F2 circus will be back in the second weekend of September for round 5 at Monza. Competing at its home track, Trident Motorsport will count on some additional motivation to deliver a positive run.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager, Feature Race quote
“Sato made a good start with the Prime tyres, while Viscaal lost time due to wheelspin. The Dutchman promptly regained some spots in the early stages. The strategy of extending the first stint was chosen on his car, albeit with the Option tires, in order to allow him to be competitive in the final stages. Unfortunately, coming back from the pit lane, he overtook Boschung but got stuck behind Beckmann and ended up in P13. Sato set at a good pace and good lap times, but his grid position prevented him from fighting for a better result”.