Trident Racing on top at Monte Carlo as Pastor Maldonado scores maiden win. Trident Racing scored its first win of 2007 in the GP2 Grand Prix at Monte Carlo, thanks to commanding performance by Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan led much part of...
Trident Racing on top at Monte Carlo as Pastor Maldonado scores maiden win.
Trident Racing scored its first win of 2007 in the GP2 Grand Prix at Monte Carlo, thanks to commanding performance by Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan led much part of the 45-lap race, after starting from the Pole and surviving two safety-car periods, to get his maiden win in the Series at his third start. On the streets of the Principality, the result wasn`t even put in discussion, as Maldonado relinquished his lead only due to the mandatory pit-stop strategy. Pastor also climbed up to the fifth spot in the drivers standings with 12 points; the same position is held by Trident Racing in the teams chart. The only regret - an almost perfect weekend - was the problem had in qualifying by Kohei Hirate. The Japanese, despite the poor starting position, shown to have a good potential, running a strong race and climbing up to 12th place.
Maurizio Salvadori (Team Owner)
"Today`s success is a fair payoff for an awesome crew, both on a professional as well as human standpoint. I was strongly confident even when result didn`t meet expectations, because I knew that all the troubles encountered were not dependant on the work done until now by the team and the drivers. We continued doing our job - overcoming almost all the obstacles - and we finally got what we deserved. Pastor was perfect all-weekend long, and Kohei Hirate was able to climb from an initial 25th place to 12th, showing he has the potential to score valuable points. He paid an high price for the mistake made in qualifying, but, we know, that`s the rule at Monte Carlo. The GP2 Series is now heading towards a little break, but 8 events are left to the end of the season. That means 16 races, and I think we still have some chances to fight for the title: we`re going to consider Magny-Cours like a season debut, doing everything possible to catch up with the leaders".
Pastor Maldonado Pos. 1 (45 laps - 1h06:49.495, avg. speed: 134.949)
"Let me say that: this weekend, the team and I were on top always and in any track condition. Today`s win crowned a wonderful team work started long before Monte Carlo, and the results came since the first laps turned in practice. I immediately knew that we were going to have a clear margin over our rivals. The race was very long and difficult, but I was able to get in control without major issues. The only high-tension moment was when I missed my breaking point at La Rascasse, but fortunately all my rivals were far enough. There`s a long way to go: we`ll try to get as many wins as possible, then see what we can do for the Championship".
Kohei Hirate Pos. 12 (+42.152)
"My race was a very a complicated one, as I expected, considering my starting position. I recovered several positions despite fighting an understeering car, that made it even more difficult. I`m sorry for the position lost to Senna in the closing stages. It was definitely my mistake: I hit the pit-lane limiter while braking before the chicane, and the car just slowed down. Now we have some time to plan our summer, and I hope to score the best possible results".