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Bahrain: Trident Racing Friday report

Kohei Hirate brilliant in Bahrein, adverse fortunes for Maldonado. The 2007 GP2 sesason kicked off today in Bahrein. Qualifying results were beyond expectations for Kohei Hirate, sixth overall, while pastor maldonado ended up in 19th after a...

Kohei Hirate brilliant in Bahrein, adverse fortunes for Maldonado.

The 2007 GP2 sesason kicked off today in Bahrein. Qualifying results were beyond expectations for Kohei Hirate, sixth overall, while pastor maldonado ended up in 19th after a very troubled session. Trident Racing also recieved a visit by a representative of Hydra Proprieties, one of the most important real-estate companies in Abu-Dhabi, as well as one of team`s sponsor for the Al Sakhir event.

Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner
"We`re very satisfied with Kohei, who ended up in sixth place, and was the second best rookie of the day, only 1/100 slower than Senna. With so many experienced drivers, we`re pleased to start in third row with a newcomer. Unfortunately, we weren`t able to find the right setup for Pastor, so he`ll be forced to try an aggressive tactic in tomorrow`s race, trying to make his stop at the right time."

Kohei Hirate ( 6 - 1`41"213)
"Today we really went beyond our most positive expectations. In the free practice, held this morning, I experienced problems with traction and a power-steering failure, but the team was perfect in fixing anything, so I had a great car in qualifying. I`m really confident in tomorrow`s race."

Pastor Maldonado (19 - 1`42"189)
"I was surprised by an unexpected problem: my car was unstable in the morning session, and maybe the fix we tried worked in the wrong way, considering the different conditions we had this afternoon. I feel sorry because I was in the top-10 all winter long, and my car has always been very easy to drive. Tomorrow I`ll have to come back front, and since there`s still a long way to go, anything can happen."

-credit: tr

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Series GP2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Kohei Hirate
Teams Trident