It hasn't been a lucky start of the season for Trident Racing. In the opening race of the 2013 GP2 Series, Kevin Ceccon ended up in 17th place while Nathanael Berthon was forced to retire by a mechanical issue that caused his engine to shut down unexpectedly.
After having taken-off from the 9th row of the grid, Berthon had been off to a great start as he decided to line-up for his first stint with new tires. As the strategy paid off, the Frenchman recovered several spots up to the points zone.
Unfortunately, his engine suddenly went off at turn 11 with no chances for him to get back into the race.
Ceccon proved pretty consistent as he was prevented from using his onboard drinking system and that turned out to be a major setback in an one-hour race with temperatures higher than 30°c and with 60% humidity.
Ceccon started from row 9 and recovered well, but lost a lot of time due to an issue while re-starting from the pits.
Trident's weekend at Sepang will be complete with the running of Race 2. Ceccon will be starting from 17th, while Berthon will be taking-off from Row 11. The race will start at 12:15 (+7 hours compared the Central European Time) with live coverage provided by the Sky platform.
Kevin Ceccon: “It's been an extremely tough races. After a few corners I realized that, due to an issue to the drinking system, I wouldn't have been able to hydrate myself and that's a major issue at Sepang.
Then, re-starting after the pit-stop, I accidentally hit the engine's kill-switch and it took some time to get back going. On the other hand, I managed the tires well and recovered some spots in the closing stints.
All in all, I'm satisfied with the laptimes - I knew it would have been hard, but there's plenty of positive components”.
Nathanael Berthon: “It's a pity not to have scored a result we had deserved. Right when I was almost sure to end up into the points zone, the engine shut down and I was forced to retire.
The race proved quite positive and the strategy to start on hard tires was successful.
The positive feeling goes beyond today's outcome as we collected some valuable information and we will see some progress. We have to improve also in terms of the pit-stops because we lost some seconds that might prove key in other circumstances”.