Trident’s Ricci Unsatisfied with Paul Ricard Sprint Showing

Trident’s Ricci Unsatisfied with Paul Ricard Sprint Showing

Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci said his team “cannot be satisfied” with Saturday’s Sprint Race at Round 9 of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship in Le Castellet.

Ricci’s drivers, Richard Verschoor and Calan Williams, had a dismal race, which started badly with Dutchman Verschoor failing to leave the grid and ended with only 14th from Williams at the chequered flag.

“We cannot be satisfied with today’s race,” explained Ricci on Saturday evening. “[It] started under a bad premise with the technical issue that stranded Richard Verschoor on the grid. Calan Williams lost positions during the opening lap and stayed at the back.”

Verschoor’s problem follows his disqualification in Austria’s Feature Race for not having enough fuel to provide a sample after he had won the race comfortably, compounding his miserable run of fortune.

It took the team until five laps to get Verschoor’s car up and running, but once out, the session was all about “doing some set-up checks.”

Williams, who started the race 13th, fell back in the early stages, and the team chose to pit the Australian during the safety car period on Lap 10 and fit the option tyres to his car.

22-year-old Williams fought his way back up to 14th and, for a while, held the fastest lap of the race, which eventually went to race winner Liam Lawson.

The Italian team will hope for better fortune in Sunday morning’s Feature Race, with Verschoor starting 11th and Williams in 13th, both drivers positioned well to attack the points scoring positions.

Trident has had a difficult season, sitting 10th in the Teams’ Standings with 50-points and their drivers sit outside the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship.

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