Trident Racing rounded out the first race of the 2011 GP2 Main Series with a bang. At the Istanbul Park racetrack, Stefano Coletti cruised to an outstanding win after having taken-off from the second row. He drove aggressively and completed several spectacolar moves, before holding the lead like a veteran through the finish being able to interpret a very performing single-seater for the intere race thanks to the technical work carried out by the staff.
With just a few laps to go, a safety-car condition cut the lead Stefano had built on Van der Garde. The Italian-Monegasque driver performed without an hitch tough, as he was off to a sensational re-start and managed to control his rivals until the chekered flag flew. Thanks to today's win, Coletti is now standing in 3rd place in points. Rodolfo Gonzalez suffered from a really unlucky break, as he saw a recovery race compromised by a drive-through penalty for having jumped the start and by an early contact with another car.
The next round of the GP2 Main Series is set to start in two weeks at the Spanish Barcelona racetrack, followed in just seven days by the renowned round at Monte Carlo. In such an important day for the team, Trident Racing want to wish Davide Rigon a prompt recovery after he crashed hard today and suffered the fracture of his left tibia and fibula. Davide, we're waiting to have you back!
Stefano Coletti (1st)
“The start has been perfect. At the first braking I went a little close to the limit but I held on to third place and started chasing Pic. I wanted to pass him as soon as possible, and I made it by passing wide on turn 5. Then I got progressively closer to Dani Clos, and when I noticed he was starting to suffer from tire issues, I successfully tried to pass him. I felt like I was going to win when the safety-car came out with six laps to go. I had 7 seconds on the closest rival and at the re-start I found everybody back in my slipstream. I tried to be as calm as possible to make a good restart and I did it. I want to thank my team for the great job done since practice, and I believe we will have other days like this to remember. I really want to say good luck to Davide Rigon, who had a bad crash today. We hope to have him back on-track soon.”
Rodolfo Gonzalez (22nd)
“It's been a race to forget on a weekend which proved extremely tough for me. At the start I was touched by Cecotto, and the impact compromised the car's handling. Then I was assessed a drive-through for jumping the start and any hope I had just vanished . I want to forget this weekend as soon as possible to prepare for the next round at Barcelona”.