Trident Racing has revealed that it will continue to run Davide Rigon in this year's GP2 Series, despite a tough start to the summer season for both the Italian team and its rookie driver.
Currently pointless after two double-header rounds this season, Rigon and Trident could not have come any closer to opening their accounts in Monaco, where the reigning Superleague Formula champion finished ninth and seventh in the feature and sprint races respectively. That performance preceded confirmation from Trident bosses that he would remain with the team in Turkey.
"It's good to know that the team and I are to continue working together," the Italian noted, "In Monaco, we were able to make a good step forward, twice nearly getting into the points and, despite again not knowing the next track on the schedule, I hope to do a good performance.
"It would be good, for the championship, to qualify in the top ten and then play everything in the two races, aiming to win race two, using the reversed grid. So far, the gap to the top three teams has been too high, so it will be important to continue to work calmly, improving each time we go out. We still have some problems with the car, but I am sure that, together with the team, we can overcome them.
"The start of the season in Barcelona was not the best because of an engine that was not in optimal condition, but in Monaco I managed to keep a good rhythm, finishing as the best Italian and second rookie. I concentrated hard all weekend as, for me, it was the first time on a street circuit and I did not want to go so close to the guard rail. The first laps were the most difficult because there was very little grip, and only when you've reached the right feeling with the car and track can you really push to overcome this first step.
"After free practice, the car was much improved and, in qualifying, with a better understanding of the track, I could certainly do better. Starting from so far back, it was a very difficult race and, with the benefit of hindsight, maybe we asked too much of our tyres by delaying the pit-stop. From there, it was both good and bad to come so close to eighth position and the possibility of starting race two from pole position.
"We have certainly made a step forward compared to pre-season testing and the tender opening [in Barcelona], and are confident for the Grand Prix of Turkey. After that, we will see what happens."