Trident Racing end dramatic Race 1 behind expectations. The final GP2 race disputed at Magny-Cours was with no doubt the most dramatic in the short history of the series. A huge crash by Ernesto Viso left all the paddock speechless for several...
Trident Racing end dramatic Race 1 behind expectations.
The final GP2 race disputed at Magny-Cours was with no doubt the most dramatic in the short history of the series. A huge crash by Ernesto Viso left all the paddock speechless for several minutes, until sources reported the Venezuelan to be absolutely uninjured. After the initial wreck, a caution period locked positions for a couple of laps and, at the same time, Trident Racing called Pastor Maldonado in the Pits. Shortly after, the stewards decided to red-flag the race with Kohei Hirate, still waiting for his mandatory pit-stop, leading the pack. When drivers resumed their duties 40 minutes later, Maldonado recovered from 7th to 3rd spot, before falling apart in 10th due to gearbox problems, while, after the re-start, Hirate was penalized with a drive through for an alleged pass while running behind the safety-car. He later had to surrender to a contact and a spin with 10 to go.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Principal
"First of all, I want to express how much Trident Racing were glad to hear good news about Ernesto Viso. We were relieved to know that the young Venezuelan came out of his car unhurt. We really appreciate Ernesto, who`s a very professional and fast driver, but also a nice and amicable person: we hope to face him on-track again at Silverstone. Our team`s day was a lost occasion to catch up with the leaders in standings. Unfortunately, Pastor Maldonado was damaged by a gearbox problem, that made downshifts progressively worse, and forced him to relinquish his 3rd place. Although Pastor decided to continue, the absence of engine braking destroyed his rear tires, pushing him out of the points, in 10th. Hirate had a quite varied first part of the race: he took the lead behind the safety-car while other drivers were making their pits, but he was penalized by race control and forced to complete a drive-through. Shortly after, a contact with Bakkerud bended his front-left wishbone, making Kohei`s drive harder and harder, until a spin at the "Adelaide" hairpin ended his race before time".