Trident Racing`s bad weekend start at Silverstone turned out in a better result at the end of Race 1, especially for Venezuelan rookie Pastor Maldonado, who recovered from the 19th spot on the grid to score an awesome 7th place finish, that puts...
Trident Racing`s bad weekend start at Silverstone turned out in a better result at the end of Race 1, especially for Venezuelan rookie Pastor Maldonado, who recovered from the 19th spot on the grid to score an awesome 7th place finish, that puts him on front row for tomorrow`s Race 1. As both the team`s Dallaras were moved back 5 places on the grid for having too fast intermediates in a yellow-flag zone, Kohei Hirate had to face an even tougher recovery, ending up in 18th after taking off from the 25th spot.
Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner
"Our badly started weekend handed us, at last, a positive Race 1. Maldonado put together a great run and, although our laptimes were not competitive with the ones scored by the top teams, managed to be very solid. We decided to take some risks on strategy by anticipating our pit-stops, hoping to not see our tires destroyed in the closing stages, and it paid off. Kohei and Pastor had a very little time to grow their familiarity with an unseen track but, loking at today`s results, we think there`s a chance to end the week with a good result tomorrow".
Kohei Hirate, 18mo
"In the first half of the race everything was fine, the car had a good balance and no problems shown up. Later I started to experience an annoying understeer that made car`s control more difficult. I believe it was due to the progressive wear of the front tires".
Pastor Maldonado, 7mo
"When you start in 19th place and end up into the points it`s not bad. Especially if, thanks to that result, you have a concrete chance to drive a great race the next day. The car was definitely better than in qualifying and, as I noticed, our rhythm is good also at the end of the race, on old tires. I had a great time today and I hope to end up even better tomorrow".