Trident Racing's Davide Rigon took 12th place at the end of today's GP2 Series Race 1 at Valencia Street Circuit, while team-mate Ricardo Teixeira was forced to retire by a contact. At the start, both Rigon and Teixeira made up several spots.
Trident Racing's Davide Rigon took 12th place at the end of today's GP2 Series Race 1 at Valencia Street Circuit, while team-mate Ricardo Teixeira was forced to retire by a contact. At the start, both Rigon and Teixeira made up several spots. Unfortunately, the Italian made a mistake while pitting, as he broke the speed limit before getting back on-track and received a Drive Through penalty. The raceday of Teixeira was put to an end when he was hit from behind by another car just three laps into the race, while driving in the last corner. He'll be starting tomorrow's race from 24th, while Rigon is set to take off from 12. Race 2, starting tomorrow at 10:30, will be televised live by RAI and SKY Sport.
Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner.
"The potential showed by our cars today confirmed that, in several key moment during the race, the overall performance level was definitely top-5. We've been conditioned by the lack of experience at the venue of Davide and Ricardo, and the sole, short 30-minute practice session ran against them. For that reason, laptimes in Practice and Qualifying were high. On the performance point of view, the race has been really positive. Rigon got stuck behind jump-starting Coletti, and was forced to slow down dramatically, but once the Monaco driver was called to the pits, he ran good. Unfortunately, the mistake during the pit-stop penalized him badly. Tomorrow's race will be an hard fight for us, but we hope for better results at Spa-Francorchamps, where both our drivers raced in the past."
"My car felt really good today, I had fun in driving it, and I clocked some interesting laptimes. Unfortunately, while I was running in the pit-lane, I pulled one of my visor's tir-off and accidentally hit the pit limiter button. As that caused me to be caught speeding by a limited margin, I didn't have the chance to end up in a top-10 spot."
"After the really eventful first part of the race I was running in 16th. Just before entering the frontstretch I noticed that Panciatici, who was running in front of me, missed his braking point. I had to brake earlier and took the inside line, before hearing a big bump from behind and realizing that he had hit me. At that point, the car was too damaged to continue and I had to retire."