Team Trident set to focus on Baku street course

Team Trident set to focus on Baku street course

24.04.2019: FIA Formula 2 Championship, Baku, Race Preview On the fastest street circuit of the season, the Team Trident drivers want to be protagonists. The potential of the line-up, together with the remarkable performance of 2018, makes the Italian squad ex

FIA Formula 2 Championship, Baku, Race Preview



On the fastest street circuit of the season, the Team Trident drivers want to be protagonists. The potential of the line-up, together with the remarkable performance of 2018, makes the Italian squad extremely confident on the road to the Azerbaijani capital and the shores of the Caspian Sea.


The FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back on-track in Baku next weekend for the second round of the season. The race in Azerbaijan, scheduled since 2016, has become a milestone on the calendar thanks to its charm and its uniqueness. The F2 cars will in fact race on the fastest and longest street circuit of the season. The track's layout, featuring an impressive 2.2-km straight at full speed, exceed six kilometres in length.



The layout is very complete: the Baku City Circuit also has a slower and more technical section, located in the oldest part of the Azerbaijani capital where the old city walls are almost touched by the drivers, and 90-degree corners. The track's layout makes the set-up particularly important since it is necessary to find the right balance to make the car fast in all sections. The asphalt is very smooth, the thermal degradation of the tires is reduced and it takes longer to bring them up to temperature.



On Azerbaijani soil, Team Trident is back from a high-level performance: in 2018, only a mechanical problem in the closing stages prevented Indian rookie Arjun Maini from scoring a prestigious result in the Feature Race after taking a very good seventh time in qualifying. In the Sprint Race, the debutant from Bangalore climbed up to a remarkable seventh place, confirming the car's great potential.



An element that will be the starting point when Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung leave the pit lane on Friday morning. The son of former F1 driver Jean Alesi has the goal of quickly understanding a track he still does not know yet, while the Swissman already starred at Baku in the past and will bring his experience and speed to the team.



The drivers carried out a meticulous preparation work with Trident's technical staff and the use of the simulator, with the aim of being ready when the free practice session begins on Friday morning. It will be very important for both of them not to make mistakes in the practice, in order to prepare for qualifying and lay the foundations for a weekend in which to collect a prestigious result.





Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager




"There are several elements that make us very confident ahead of the second round of the season at Baku. First of all, in 2018 our cars proved extremely competitive there. The excellent performance of 2018 must be our starting point. Furthermore, our drivers have great potential. It will be very important for Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung to make the best use of the free practice session, avoiding even the slightest mistake. The goal for Team Trident is to be top-8 in qualifying with both drivers, then go for a high-level Feature Race and aim for a podium in the Sprint Race”.
 


The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will come alive on Friday at 11:00, when the first free practice session is scheduled. Qualifying is scheduled later the same day at 15:00. The Feature Race will be on Saturday at 12:00, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 1:10 pm. As usual, all the activity on the track will be covered live by Sky Sports F1. Times are expressed in Local Time, which for Azerbaijan is two hours ahead of the Central European Time.


 



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