Monaco: Trident Racing race 1 report

Johnny Cecotto Jr. 9th Adrian Zaugg - DNF Johnny Cecotto ended a great comeback race today at Monte Carlo to take 9th on the first heat of the GP2 Main Series weekend in the Principality. The Venezuelan driver, who was forced to the back by ...

Johnny Cecotto Jr. 9th
Adrian Zaugg - DNF

Johnny Cecotto ended a great comeback race today at Monte Carlo to take 9th on the first heat of the GP2 Main Series weekend in the Principality. The Venezuelan driver, who was forced to the back by a qualifying incident, made a stunning start from the last row.

Cecotto Jr. climbed up 10 places, and the team subsequently decided to call him back to the pits early. Thanks to the laps run with no traffic, Johnny passed three more cars, and by the closure of the pit window he was running in 9th. He missed the chance to fight for a points position by just 1 spot.

The day proved really hard for Adrian Zaugg. After taking off from 15th, the South African was hit from behind at the start and sent spinning. By the time the spin ended, his engine got stalled. The incident saw his chances to fight for points evaporate. On Race 2, he'll be starting from the last row. With green lights set for tomorrow at 16:10, the race will be telivesed tape-delayed by Italian RAI2 on Sunday morning, before the Monaco Grand Prix.

Johnny Cecotto Jr. "I'm really happy. I was starting from the last row, and honestly I didn't think I could recover 10 spots on the first lap. Everything went on great. After an early pit-stop, I started pushing really hard in the first laps on fresh tires. I knew that it was the only chance I had to improve further, because passing chances were almost zero. In the middle stages, everything went on ok again, and I got three more spots. I'm sorry to have just slightly missed the points zone. I think it was well-deserved for both me and the team. Nonetheless, I'll focus to do my best on tomorrow's Race 2."

Adrian Zaugg. "My race has been incredibly short. At the first corner, Ericsson hit me from behind as I approached the corner, and made me spinning. The anti-stall mechanism didn't work and the engine just shut down, ending my race abruptly. Not being able to show your potential on-track is really frustrating, but there was nothing to do. Both me and the team made no mistakes. I just hope this run of bad luck will end soon, hopefully from tomorrow's Race 2."

-source: trident racing

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Adrian Zaugg
Teams Trident