#20 Mike Conway, 3rd (1`21"283) 21 Ho Pin Tung, 21th (1`23"798)
Trident Racing had a perfect start at Monte Carlo, as Mike Conway took third place in today`s qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. The joy for the 2nd-row starting spot captured by the British driver partially compensated the disappointment for the mistake committed by Ho Pin Tung, who ended his session early after clipping the inside barriers at swimming pool. Mike clocked his fastest lap with four minutes to go, right before a red flag forced all the cars to come back to the pits due to an accident. In the final stages, no driver was able to improve, and the charts were unchanged.
"I had a good feeling since this morning`s free practice, as I was constantly into the top-4. Unfortunately I was forced to stay into the pits due to a technical problem in the second part of the session, while other drivers managed to improve their best laps. We finally had the chance to prove our potential, despite the huge traffic and the fact that I preferred to go easy and avoid troubles. In the final minutes of qualifying I managed to find a clean lap, pushing really hard and clocking what resulted to be the third fastest time of the day. I could have even clinched front row without a small error in the middle section, but it`s ok. I know tomorrow`s race will be extremely tough, but I think I`ll have a clear shot to a podium finish".
Ho Pin Tung
"I made an irreversible mistake in the initial stages of qualifying. There`s not a lot to add, except that I really had a top-10 potential. I touched the kerb at swimming pool and I ended up into the barriers. I hope to be able to come back during the first race: it won`t be impossible on such a selective track".
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director
"It`s tough not to be satisfied with today`s results. We were deeply convinced to have a well-performing car, and we were targeting a front row start with Mike and a top-10 position with Ho Pin. Mike was great in qualifying despite a problem that cut his practice session short and prevented him from completing his programmed work. Today`s third place, with just two tenths of a second from the pole time, is a great result mainly due to the efforts of Mike and our three engineers, Graziano Michelacci, Daniele Rossi and Matteo Frolino. That said, this time I wish I wouldn`t have to content myself: Ho Pin will start in 21st after an unfortunate off-track happened while having set his best splits in the first two sectors. The Chinese driver has obviously a much higher potential than shown by his starting position. Strategy will be crucial tomorrow, and the team have already started to work in order to enable our drivers to set sights on the best possible result".