Ricardo Teixeira, 19th Davide Rigon, DNF Trident Racing's great expectatins set yesterday got turned into disappointment today, as the team didn't score points on Race 2 of the GP2 Main Series weekend at Budapest. Davide Rigon, who started from...
Ricardo Teixeira, 19th
Davide Rigon, DNF
Trident Racing's great expectatins set yesterday got turned into disappointment today, as the team didn't score points on Race 2 of the GP2 Main Series weekend at Budapest. Davide Rigon, who started from the pole after ending up in 8th yesterday, exited turn 1 in second place. The Italian, who was set to try and catch Giedo Van Der Garde, was suddenly hit by Pastor Maldonado and forced into retirement.
The drive-trough assessed to the Venezuelan made responsabilities clear, but could do nothing for the lost chance for Rigon to fight for his maiden podium finish in the series.
At the end of the race, the only positive news came from Ricardo Teixeira, who ended up the day in 19th and showed an increasing feeling with his Renault-powered Dallara.
Trident Racing will now focus on the next round of 2009, starting at Valencia on August 23. The team will try to forget today's disappointing experience by welcoming partners and supporters on the Spanish state-of-art streetcourse.
Davide Rigon. "The start was not really perfect today. I got a good move at takeoff, but I was passed by Van Der Garde in the progression before the first corner and, honestly, I really don't know how he did it. Anyway, I knew that his race pace was not so high as we saw yesterday, ad I tried not to let him go away. In the middle of the first lap, I heard a hit coming from behind, and ended up into the barriers. As I was followed by Maldonado, I couldn't believe he tried to pass on that corner. We were on third gear, without serious braking. I'm speachless. The team worked extremely hard and I strongly believe that, in the end, we could have come to a deserved top-3 result. Even without passing Van Der Garde back, I could have taken second, which would have been good for the team an d a real boost for the rest of season. Thanks to someone else's mistake, it all ended after a couple of corners. I hope to forget the bad experience happened during the summer break..."
Ricardo Teixeira. "For the first time this season, I've been constantly fighting with other drivers from start to finish. I made some slight mistakes, but I've been able to catch-up with the pack and fight with Razia and Perera. On lap 15 I had a spin, but got back on-track and managed to improve further by working on the brake distribution. I'm looking forward to Valencia. The track it's unknown to me, but I've got used to that during the first races of the season."