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Trident drivers suffer glitch-prone weekend

Trident's Kevin Ceccon and Nathanaël Berthon hardly troubled the front runners during this weekend's GP2 season opener in Malaysia, and seemed beset by all manner of problems.
Coming out of the first weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series season, it would be hard for anyone to pronounce on the likely form of Trident Racing pair Kevin Ceccon and Nathanaël Berthon since they and the team were too busy overcoming a series of problems that assailed the Italian squad in Malaysia.

"It hasn't been a lucky start of the season for Trident," the team admitted after finishing the first round of the year empty-handed.

At least Berthon had looked set for a strong showing in Saturday's feature race thanks to a canny race strategy from the team - only to have his engine abruptly cut out on him on lap 20. Ceccon meanwhile was suffering from a malfunction of his drinks system, which in the sweltering conditions at Sepang International Circuit left him battling serious dehydration.

"After a few corners I realized that, due to an issue to the drinking system, I wouldn't have been able to hydrate myself and that's a major issue at Sepang," he said. He didn't make things any easier for himself during the mandatory round of pit stops, either: "Re-starting after the pit-stop, I accidentally hit the engine's kill-switch and it took some time to get back going," he sighed.

"On the other hand, I managed the tyres well and recovered some spots in the closing stints," he added. "All in all, I'm satisfied with the laptimes - I knew it would have been hard, but there's plenty of positive components."

He finished Saturday's race in 17th place, but when he came to line up in that position on the grid for Sunday's sprint race he stalled the engine and had to be wheeled off and started from the pit lane behind all the other cars.

“With just a few seconds before the start I pushed the clutch button and the engine stalled," he said. "The stewards had to bring me back to the pit-lane and I took-off the race one lap down.

"At that point, I pushed as hard as I could and the laptimes at least proved extremely quick," he added. However, he was unable to recover the lap he'd gone down in the meantime and finished the race in last place.

"In terms of future expectations it's been good news - but if I think of the potential we showed, that just increases the disappointment," he admitted.




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Nathanael Berthon (FRA, Trident Racing) testing at Jerez, Spain. Thursday 28th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Nathanael Berthon (FRA, Trident Racing) testing on day 1 at Jerez - Tuesday, February 26. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN, Trident Racing) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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