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Trident Racing Monaco Qualifying Report

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With just four days gone after the latest GP2 Main Series round at Barcelona, Trident Racing lined-up for the next championship event at Monte Carlo. Like happened before in the past, the on-track activity in the Principality started one day earlier than usual. Today, teams and drivers made it to the track for Qualifying.

The session was disrupted by many incidents with one of them involving Trident Racing driver Stefano Coletti, who was forced to come back into the pits for a front wing change. He held on though, determined to provide a valuable performance at his home race, and clocked the 6th fastest laptime of the day. Considered the on-grid penalty assessed to Jules Bianchi after Barcelona and to Giedo Van Der Garde today, Stefano will be taking off from 4th place on tomorrow's Race 1.

Rodolfo Gonzalez showed some great potential matching the one displayed by the whole team. At Monte Carlo, he captured his career best qualifying result in 13th, without making mistakes and providing the Italian squad with a perfect management of the session's occurrences.

Stefano Coletti
Stefano Coletti

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Race 1, set to be run on a 42-lap distance, will be taking-off at 11:15, followed by 30-lap Race 2, scheduled for Saturday at 16:10. Both the GP2 Main Series heats will benefit from a wide live TV coverage. In Italy, the races will be televised live by Rai Sport 1, with the addition of an as-live Race 2 program starting on RAI 2 Sunday morning.

The round at Monte Carlo has always been special to Trident Racing. In collaboration with its partner SPARCO, the team provided Stefano Coletti with an unique firesuit, designed to reproduce a 007-like black smoking dress.The idea, which fitted with the glamorous nature of Monte Carlo, came from the chassis number of Stefano's car, 007.

Stefano Coletti, 4th (1:22.449)

“We had a great pace today, and I think that with a 'normal' qualifying session I could have aimed at the front row. I made a lot of attemts but each time I reached the Rascasse I kept facing slow cars up front. I'm sorry for not having showed what we could have done at our best, but I'm happy for having confirmed how much we progressed. Now I'm focused on tomorrow's Race 1. The first obstacle will be T1, where there are always a lot of contacts.”

Rodolfo Gonzalez, 13th (1:23.114)

“It's been my best qualifying session so far, so I'm really satisfied with how it went today. I just regret not having put all my best sectors together during my fastest flying lap. Today it was really difficult to put together even a single flying lap, so no complain, that's the way it went. I'm happy not to have committed mistakes on one of this season's toughest tracks, and I hope to avoid any inconvenience tomorrow. I think that a points finish could definitely be in my frame”.

-source: trident racing

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Series GP2
Drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez , Stefano Coletti , Jules Bianchi
Teams Trident
Tags coletti, gonzalez, monaco, trident racing