Trident Racing's Davide Rigon, 9th while Ricardo Teixeira did not start

23.05.2009: The Monte Carlo Grand Prix featured an extremely tough race as always happened, as Race 1 of the second GP2 Main Series round of the season saw just 16 cars take the checkered flag. After taking off from 17th place

GP2 Main Series  Monaco Race 1

The Monte Carlo Grand Prix featured an extremely tough race as always happened, as Race 1 of the second GP2 Main Series round of the season saw just 16 cars take the checkered flag. After taking off from 17th place, Davide Rigon came back to 11th, and was then promoted to 9th when race control penalized 8 cars for cutting at St.Devote. He'll be starting from Row 6 on Race 2, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Team-mate Ricardo Teixeira suffered from a much worse luck.

The Portuguese driver ended up yesterday's qualifications in 26th, but slightly failed to make it to the 107% rule and was not allowed to take part in the race. Due to the stewards' decision, he had to sit off from the weekend. Today's disappointment though will add even more focus for the next round at Istanbul. Tomorrow's Race 2 will be starting tomorrow at 16:00, on a 30-lap distance. Live broadcast will be provided by satellite channel Sky Sport.

Davide Rigon
. “I'm satisfied with how my race developed today. I ran at a good pace since the beginning, as the car's set-up seemed quite ok. Despite being here for the first time I feel the confidence with the racetrack grow every lap, and I felt more consistent even compared to qualifying. “We chose to make a late pit-stop, hoping to climb some spot due to on-track incidents.

Unfortunately, the Safety-Car never entered the track and I struggled a lot during the last part of the stint. “Once the change was completed, I returned on quick laps, showing that more kilometers during practice would have allowed me to make a better use of my car's potential. I hope to have the little bit of luck that we missed until now and cruise to a points finish. That'll be a nice reward for all the hard work we made this weekend.”

Ricardo Texeira
. “I came at Monte Carlo with a lot of motivation, as I hoped to shine on a racetrack where all racing fans and drivers dream to race one day. This was the first race for me on a streetcourse, and I tried to learn step-by-step without making mistakes.

 “In Qualifying, also due to an early weight control, I was forced to wait 10 minutes before putting new tires on, and then I couldn't take advantage of the second set. “I eventually found myself out of the 107% from the pole time, something that happened before in this season's GP2 Asia Series. This time race control decided not to allow exceptions. I'm really disappointed because I kept improving lap after lap, and I never blocked anyone.

I even saved a set of tires for the race, but all of this couldn't help me to find a place at the start. “It's tough because I performed well in the f irst races of the season, and now I'll be watching the race on TV. I'm already thinking to the next round at Istanbul though”.

Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner
. “On one hand, I'm really satisfied with how Davide performed. He progressed lap after lap, and eventually ended up in a deserved top-10 spot. On the other, I'm saddened for what happened to Ricardo. Much part of the regret comes from the fact that he didn't have a true chance to show his true potential. “In Qualifying, he went on-track with old tires, then came back in to get 4 stickers but was stopped by weight control. Then we had to refire the engine, change tires, and send him back on-track.

Monte Carlo can be busy at times, and Ricardo was stuck in traffic for quite some time: in the end, there was no time to get him back with the second set of new tires, even though he would have definitely had a chance to improve his laptime. It's a real pity...”

- Trident Racing-


23.05.2009 / MaP

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