Monaco: Trident Racing Friday report

Pastor Maldonado and Trident Racing cruise to Monte Carlo Pole Pastor Maldonado was finally out and far away from the troubles suffered early this season by capturing the Pole Position for tomorrow`s race at Monte Carlo. The temporary street ...

Pastor Maldonado and Trident Racing cruise to Monte Carlo Pole

Pastor Maldonado was finally out and far away from the troubles suffered early this season by capturing the Pole Position for tomorrow`s race at Monte Carlo. The temporary street circuit suited the Venezuelan in the best possible way on his GP2 Monegasque debut: Maldonado was able to catch the fastest lap after only eleven minutes out of thirty, with a perfect timing and an optimal use of his new set of tires. Trident Racing`s absolute joy for scoring the first seasonal Pole didn`t compensate the disappointment for Koehi Hirate: the Japanese made a mistake at St. Devote, stalling his car in an attempt to return to the track, and ending his session. He`ll be starting the race in 25th place.

Pastor Maldonado Pos. 1 (1:20.820)

"We needed this so much! You can`t imagine the joy this Pole Position brought to me, and not only from a personal standpoint. I know how hard the team worked to make it possible and how frustrating it was to see anything fall apart due to the technical problems we experienced until now. This weekend was really perfect so far, and I have to say a big thank you to all the crew members. Though this track suits me in a great way, I think I may have room for improvement by using the car`s full potential. Tomorrow`s race will still be hugely tough since the start. Having a nice takeoff is always important, especially on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo".

Kohei Hirate Pos. 25 (1:24.530)

"It`s definitely a pity. My qualifying session actually didn`t even start, because of a driving mistake at St. Devote. I missed the braking point, without hitting anything, but when I tried to get back into the track, I probably made an error in selecting the first gear, and the engine stalled. There`s a lot of regret: I was targeting a top performance and I wasn`t even able to play the game. I hope to find some space for a recover tomorrow, but on this track it could be nearly impossible".

-credit: tr

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Kohei Hirate
Teams Trident