Trident Racing experienced a memorable start in the first round of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series at Abu Dhabi, thanks to a sensational win scored by Stefano Coletti on Race 2. Coletti put together a perfect performance as he took off from the pole and never looked back after having defended himself at the first corner.
Once in the lead, the 21-year-old Monaco-based raced (with Italian passport) stayed in control, as he kept Giedo Van Der Garde behind in the early stages and then resisted to Sam Bird. Stefano kept constant control over his main rivals and an eye on tire wear, as confirmed by the consistency of his race pace from start to finish.
Rodolfo Gonzalez ended his day in 11th place. The Venezuelan was authorized to start the race by the track's medical staff despite the back pains due to a crash suffered during Race 1. Gonzalez kept a strong pace and did not make a single mistake.
Trident Racing will now be moving to Bahrain, where the GP2 Asia Series will be back on-track for its second round of the season.
Stefano Coletti (1.)
"This is an incredible and really encouranging way to start such a long season, though at the start I had an unexpected rush tension. The revs dropped when the lights went off, but I saw in the mirrors that the drivers behind did not have a good start either, and went through the first corner in the lead. Once I was there, I tried to keep a good overall pace and not to abuse my rear tires. The car's handling has been perfect. I want to thank my team for the great job they did, and now we'll have to focus on optimizing our qualifying performance. We showed a great race pace today, and if we'll be able to take-off in front, I think that some great Race 1 result could well be in our frame. That's my goal nex weekend in Bahrain".
Rodolfo Gonzalez (11.)
"I did a good start, and in the first part of the race the car's handling was quite right. From then on, I started to suffer from an huge rear tire wear and I needed to slow down my pace. I'll work hard, together with the engineers, in order to improve in Bahrain, though I think we're definitely following the right path".
-source: trident racing