#20 Mike Conway, 14th (1`23"154) 21 Ho Pin Tung, 17th (1`23"331)
Trident Racing experienced a tormented qualification today at Magny-Cours. Mike Conway and Ho Pin Tung took respectively the 14th and 17th place on the grid at the end of a challenging session, stopped by a red flag with 5 minutes to go. While the results were clearly under the expectations, the Italian team is working hard to plan an aggressive strategy for tomorrow`s Race 1. The event will be taking place tomorrow at 16:00 (GMT+1), televised live by Sky Sport.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director
"Today`s session was pretty disappointing for us. We`re currently analyzing the reasons of such bad results: the gaps in each of the track`s three sectors were under 0.2, 0.3 seconds, and an ideal lap could have brought both our drivers into the top-8. That was our realistic goal. The weekend is still long though, and we`ll try to define an aggressive strategy to propel Mike and Ho Pin into the points zone. It won`t be easy, since the chances of a full-course caution, with the deployment of the safety car, are marginal".
"We were waiting for an improvement of about 0.5 seconds after practice, but we managed to shave off just 0.2 instead. I was suffering mainly in the first sector, while in the last part of the racetrack the car seemed pretty good to me. Starting in the middle of the pack it`s just unfortunate, because we were expecting more, but we definitely are not going to give up. Tomorrow, we`ll try to take points, as well as a good starting spot for Sunday".
Ho Pin Tung
"Today`s qualifications were really tough, as I started with a spin after just two laps. Fortunately, the engine stayed up, and I was able to be back on track, ending up right behind Mike despite a small mistake in my best lap. In the second part of the session, I was forced to abort my flying attempt for three times, after being behind some slower cars. After the red flag break, I was just unable to improve my best mark. It was a bad day, and I wish to take something back tomorrow".