Today was expected to carry good results for Trident Racing, competing in the final round of the 2007 GP2 Series at Valencia. Unfortunately, no satisfactions (and no points) came for the team, as well as for drivers Kohei Hirate and Sergio Hernandez, despite the great strategic moves seen on-track. Just an hour before the race, an intense but short rainfall complicated strategies: the team and the drivers opted to provide the Japanese with dry tires and the Spaniard with wets. Hirate jumped almost immediately from 9th to 4th, building a good margin but eventually retiring after only 8 laps due to an off-track. Hernandez, profiting from a perfectly timed pit-stop, reverted to dry tires and climbed up to 12th spot. Unfortunately, due to a small contact had in the first part of the race, he suffered from a rear wishbone failure and pulled his car back to the garage on lap 16. The last race of the season will start tomorrow at 10.00 AM.
Kohei Hirate (Ritirato)
"My start was great, and despite the dry tires on a damp track, I passed many cars and managed to clinch 4th place. At that time, water started to pour again, making the car became much more tough to tame. I was close to Nakajima and, when he made a small mistake at the first corner, I tried to attack him, but I suddenly lost control ending up in the runoff area. Unfortunately, the anti-stall device didn`t work, leaving me stopped and retired. I hope to get back to the top tomorrow in Race 2".
Sergio Hernandez (Ritirato)
"Everything was OK at the start and, after the pit-stop, I pushed a lot and recovered up to 12th place. On lap 15 I started to feel something wrong in the back of my car, and once in the pits the crew immediately noticed that the lower left rear wishbone was gone. This was probably due to an early contact I was given in the initial melee. I`m definitely looking for a rebound in Race 2, also to thank the team for the great job done".
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Principal
"I feel really sorry for Hernandez, because his great race conduct in the first laps was allowing him to put together a great result, also thanks to a great pace and a good-working race strategy. Sergio was fighting with Villa, who ended up in 8th place: I think he and his staff really deserved a point today. For Kohei Hirate, we decided to bet on a more aggressive strategy with slicks, that paid off allowing him to climb up to 4th spot. He was running 4th, with more than 30 seconds on the fifth-placed car, but ended up spinning due to a driving mistake. Once again, even if I can`t blame the team in both cases, I`m disappointed to analyze another lost occasion".