Kevin Ceccon ended 2nd in race 1 at Monte Carlo

Kevin Ceccon, who managed to take 2nd place, was one of the main characters of the race

Trident Racing cruised to a very valuable second place finish at the end of Race 1 of the GP2 Series at Monte Carlo. Kevin Ceccon was one of the main characters of the series supported by a wise race strategy that enabled him to control his rivals in the closing laps.

His race was not shy of surprises. At the start, the young guy from Bergamo touched Sam Bird at St.Devote, damaging the front wing. Kevin continued in his run as course control stopped the race with a red flag due to another contact that stopped 15 cars at the same corner. Unfortunately, Nathanael Berthon was one of the drivers involved and saw his race end early after just a few meters.

Podium: race winner Sam Bird, second place Kevin Ceccon, third place Mitch Evans
Podium: race winner Sam Bird, second place Kevin Ceccon, third place Mitch Evans

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After more than one hour, the race re-started with Ceccon clinching thirs place behind Evans and Bird, before getting one more spot back at the pits. Once he was in second place, Kevin managed his closing stint without taking too many risks taking a deserved maiden GP2 Series podium finish.

The Monte Carlo weekend will be rounded out tomorrow by Race 2. Ceccon will be taking-off from the 7th place on the grid, while Berthon is set to start from row 13.

Kevin Ceccon
“What a day! Before the start, the team told me not to take too many risks at the first corner, but I slightly touched the Bird's car. I saw the front wing damaged and I thought it was over. It's been a frustrating moment but when I realized I was able to drive as usual without problems, I thought that a good result was still in our frame.

"The suspensions turned out to be ok and with a new front wing everything was back in place. Once we got back running I stayed close to Evans and Bird, and when we went for an early pit-stop I pushed hard to gain one spot. When I saw Evans come out of the pit-lane, I knew it would have been tight but I eventually managed to take 2nd place.

"I'm very happy. This result rewards me for all the unlucky moments and enables me to celebrate with a team that really care for me. Now I hope to round out this weekend with a points finish in tomorrow's Race 2".

Nathanael Berthon
“My quote is as short as my race… I started well, but at the first corner I found myself involved in a mayhem. I could have tried to pass on the right, but last year I got a drive-through. So I decided to stick to the left and ended up trapped between two cars".

Trident Racing Team

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Sam Bird , Nathanael Berthon , Kevin Ceccon , Mitch Evans
Teams Trident
Article type Race report
Tags gp2, kevin ceccon, monaco, monte carlo, trident racing