F2 Half-Time Report: Trident

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Somehow, we’re already halfway through the 2021 Formula 2 Season. With such a long hiatus until the next round in Monza, we thought now would be the best time for some team analysis. Last time out, we examined how HWA Racelab’s season is going so far. Check out the link to that article below. This time, we turn our attention to Trident. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Bent Viscaal

Image: Trident Twitter

2021 marks Bent Viscaal’s Formula 2 debut. He enters F2 after a decent F3 campaign last year, with one Sprint Race win and a further podium to his name. Not to sound too harsh, but he’s had a rather average season so far. That being said, he came within sniffing distance on an F2 podium in Baku. He finished in a brilliant 4th place there in the second Sprint Race.

“Bent Viscaal showed a good feeling with the Azerbaijani track right from the free practice session…” – Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager.

Over the rest of the season so far, he’s been hovering just underneath the top ten in terms of results. His most recent race – the Feature Race in Silverstone – saw him finish in thirteenth place. So far, he’s responsible for eight of the nine points that Trident have and has been tantalisingly close at other times to adding to that tally. It will be very surprising if he doesn’t pick up any more over the course of the rest of the season.

Marino Sato

Image: Trident Twitter

On the other side of the garage, it’s more of a mixed bag. This is Marino Sato’s second full season in F2 and his third overall, having joined for the second half in 2019. The Japanese driver has scored one point so far this year at the second Sprint Race in Bahrain. This meant that he matched his entire 2020 points efforts before the end of the first round. This bodes well for the second half of the season in terms of improving.  But Sato sits on a bubble now – and it’s a rather dangerous one to sit on.

Usually, if drivers are hoping to progress up through the F2 field and into the upper echelons on Formula 1, significant improvement in performance needs to be made consistently. His highest finish at Silverstone was sixteenth place and he sits in eighteenth place overall in the Driver’s Standings. If he hopes to be on the grid in 2022, he will need to capitalize as much as he can in the next few races, especially at Monza and Sochi where he has prior experience.

Conclusion

Trident are in danger of being stuck in no-man’s land. Their 9 points keeps them just out of reach of HWA as things stand but Charouz are making progress ahead of them and are widening the gap with 25 points. Some strategic qualifying and race craft would come in handy round about now. As a team, they have already improved upon what they achieved in 2020. But to stay there and push themselves forward, they can’t afford to rest on their laurels. Both drivers have a good potential and should take the summer break to refocus on the task at hand. Every point counts and that is what makes Formula 2 so exciting.

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