Trident unsatisfied by Bahrain Feature Race

Trident unsatisfied by Bahrain Feature Race

Trident was unlucky during the Feature Race after both drivers suffered from DNFs to contrast their FIA Formula 2 victory from just one day earlier.

Sprint Race winner Richard Verschoor was hit from behind, forcing him to retire while Calan Williams suffered a problem during his pit stop.

Starting on the ninth row of the grid, Verschoor kept himself in the top ten until his mandatory pitstop.

Meanwhile, Williams made a great start to get himself into the top five. After pitting, he reclaimed his position in the points, but the late interruption started a downhill spiral for him.

The final few laps of the race were the unluckiest for Trident. Contact to the back of Verschoor’s car caused him to spin into the run-off and left him out of the race.

The late-race safety car to retrieve the stricken Trident gave Williams the chance to pit again to take advantage of fresh rubber in the closing stages.

Unfortunately, the stop didn’t go to plan because of an issue fitting the car’s front right wheel, which ended the Australian’s race early.

Giacomo Ricci, Trident Team Manager, said: “Today’s race gave us very little satisfaction as both our drivers were forced to surrender by negative episodes.

“Verschoor had the potential to score points but suffered from a rear-end collision with a contender and had to retire.

“On the other hand, we are very sorry for the pit lane incident that resulted in a DNF for Calan Williams.

“He was having an impeccable race and would have deserved to score points in his debut F2 weekend.

“I think that the choice to put on a set of Option tires in the final stages would have given him a big advantage.”

Trident will hope their Feature Race luck will change in Saudi Arabia next weekend for Round 2 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

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