Trident Racing took home a 16th and a 19th place finishes at the end of Race 1 of the GP2 Series exhibition weekend at Abu Dhabi. It hasn't been a lucky day, as Stéphane Richelmi took off on lap later than the pack due to an overheating problem.
Julian Leal drove a pretty solid race, as he completed the whole distance in a trouble-free manner. In the closing part of his run he suffered from an excessive tire wear, but in the early stages he clocked some pretty fast laptimes too. Following to today's results, Leal will take-off from the 8th row of tomorrow's starting grid while Richelmi will start from the 19th spot.
The closing race of the weekend will go underway at 13:30 local time (10:30 Central Europe Time) with live coverage in Italy on RAISPORT UNO.
Julian Leal, 16.
“My start hasn't been one of the best possible but in the first few laps I managed to get several spots back. I hoped to fight for a place in the top-10 but our strategy with an early pit-stop didn't prove efficient like I expected. In the closing part of the race my tires got worn out really bad and a lost a lot of spots in the closing laps."
Stéphane Richelmi, 19.
“My race has been conditioned by an issue we had while I was lining-up on the starting grid. At the start of the pit-lane there was a stopped car and we ended up in queue. I held onto the clutch for some seconds and as it got overheated, I couldn't get back going. I went back on-track while the race was underway and one lap back already, so there were zero chances for a points spot. It's a pity because I expected my race pace to be quite good and I believe I could have aimed at something better."