The final round of the 2011 GP2 Series was completed today at the Yas Marina track in Abu Dhabi with the running of race 2 of the non-points event set in the Emirates. Race 2 also marked the end of a really demanding and eventful season for all teams and drivers.
Trident Racing ended up with Stéphane Richelmi in 18th place, as the Frenchman was unvolountarily slowed down at the start,while Julian Leal, who was penalized with a drive-through penalty, lapped on some fairly fast and consistent laptimes as he showed great progress over the weekend.
After completing the closing event of the season at Abu-Dhabi, Trident Racing will start a busy offseason. While engines will be shut down, the team will put the foundations for a successful 2012.
Stéphane Richelmi (18th)
“The first lap of my race has been seriously hit by bad luck because I was pushed by another car onto the runoff area and passed by 5 opponents. I found myself dead last but thanks to a good overall pace I managed to fight my way back up the charts. Passing has been really difficult because I was following several other cars which were really close, and all of them benefitted from the slipstream effect. I think I collected some really positive indications over the weekend, and it'll be an useful experience for 2012."
Julian Leal (21st)
“I'm quite sorry for having been penalized for ignoring the yellow flag. I saw them out, but I was behind several cars and I had others behind and everybody was at the same speed. Honestly I didn't see anything potentially dangerous. The most positive thing for me has been the race pace, which proved fast and consistent as I kept merging with the car and it all improved further over the weekend".