Trident Well Prepared for Season Opener in Bahrain
Trident begin their Formula 2 season campaign with Japanese driver, Marino Sato and Formula 3 graduate, Bent Viscaal at the helm.
Sato returns to the team looking to improve on last season’s single point, from an eighth place at the Mugello Sprint Race.
Viscaal finished 13th overall last season. His points included a win at the Silverstone 70th Anniversary Sprint Race, and a P3 from the Hungarian Sprint Race.
Formula 2 is no stranger to the Sakhir circuit. The closely fought 2020 championship ended on a nail-biting double-header in the desert.
Pre-season testing also occurred at the venue just two weeks ago, with Viscaal securing the second fastest lap overall.
This season sees a new race format that Trident will be keen to adapt to quickly. Two sprint races on the Saturday and one feature race on Sunday will keep the team busy.
In addition, Pirelli are setting new challenges by delivering hard and soft tyre compounds. The advantage last year’s drivers have over newly promoted rookies is they’ll already be used to the 18″ rims.
With the coarse track surface, notorious winds, drifting sand and hot Middle Eastern temperatures Trident have many factors to take into consideration whilst planning race strategies.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“The 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship is finally starting! The schedule for this year includes eight rounds, featuring three races each. We will need to understand the new format, and set-up a strategy to maximize the results over the three races. Our drivers and technical staff are thoroughly prepared for the upcoming season. We aim to start the championship with a convincing performance, and I think we have the potential to perform well!”.
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