#20 Mike Conway, 8th place#21 Ho Pin Tung, 7th place The first race of the GP2 Main Series weekend at Monte Carlo left a bitter taste at Trident Racing, although the team was able to score points with both cars.
The 45-lap long race held today in Monaco featured an excellent performance by Mike Conway, who constantly stayed in the top-3 and managed to increase his margin thanks to great pace and a perfect strategy.
The Brit`s race came to an unexpected end with just a handful of corners to go, when lapped Spaniard Javier Villa made a colossal mistake at port chicane, outbraking himself and wrecking into the back of Mike`s car.
He was classified in 8th despite not having been able to cross the line, while Villa was moved back 10 positions on the Race 2 starting grid. He`ll be partnered on front row by Ho Pin Tung, who rebounded from his qualifying misfortunes to score points after starting in 20th. Thirty-lap long Race two will start at 16:00, GMT+1.Ho Pin Tung“I`m very satisfied with the outcome of today`s Race 1. As I told yesterday, a points finish was my goal, and I`m glad to have made it on an hard racetrack like Monte Carlo. I had a very good start, but Petrov slightly touched my right rear at the first corner, changing something in the car`s handling. Fortunately, the problem disappeared after the pit-stop, allowing me to keep a good pace all-race long. I have to thank the team for both the fast pit and the great strategy. Ending up in 7th after taking off from 20th is great, and I hope to end the weekend on an high note tomorrow, as I`ll be starting from front row” Mike Conway“I`m really really disappointed for what happened today. After driving a great race, making a great stop and running on a perfect strategy, it`s quite tough to see such great work being completely destroyed by an unacceptable behavior kept by a lapped driver. It`s really hard to imagine how someone can commit such a huge mistake with a few corners to go, and nothing to fight for. I only can look forward to Race 2, where I`ll be able to start on pole, even though I would have preferred to take a really deserved trophy back home today.”Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Managing Director“The great race disputed today by Mike, greatly supported by all our staff was completely blown off by an episode happened at the last lap. After an extremely positive qualifying session, and thanks to a great team effort, we were running with both cars in the points zone, and with Mike close to a podium finish. The crash caused by Villa deprived us of a deserved result, and we were surprised by the light penalty assessed to the Spaniard. That said, we must remember all the good work done before the event in order to finally show our full potential. We`ll have an all-Trident Racing front row tomorrow, and I hope our two drivers will be able to defend their position and end up 1-2. It`d be the right way to repay Mike and the team of today`s big disappointment”.