Looking back on 2011 - Trident Racing
Maurizio Salvadori reflects on a strong season
Maurizio, your 2011 season started on a high with Stefano winning Istanbul Sprint Race. How do you explain that Trident could not keep the momentum?
I think Trident’s 2011 season has been positive: we won two races in the main Series and one race in the Asia Series with Coletti and, when you look at things closely, I think we could have pocketed even more good results such as in Silverstone sprint race where we started from front row or in Monaco feature race where we started from P5. Both times though, we stalled at the start unfortunately. And seeing how Gonzalez and Coletti were always fast and competitive during races, we definitely had the pace to expect more good results. But you know, GP2 is a very tough category, especially for rookies. I am very happy to see that Coletti finished best rookie. Unfortunately, his season ended prematurely in Spa.
This year has been made of ups and downs. What was the highlight of your season?
I think that the competitiveness and the technical performance of our cars remained unchanged throughout the season. Of course, we could have been faster on some tracks with a little bit of fine-tuning, and sometimes, our drivers could have performed a bit better, but by and large, I believe that our team’s overall performance has been consistent. To me, that's the most important thing and definitely the highlight of our past season.
What would you say are Trident Racing’s main strengths?
Trident has always tried to be a “real team”, meaning a group of highly motivated and professional people who work together in order to reach the same goal both with passion and dedication. I am really happy with all of them: our mechanics did a very good job on the cars this season and they gave their best every race and every pitstop. As for our technical team, our engineers have built a healthy and friendly relationship. They work hand in hand and are extremely professional. They also understand the Pirelli tyres pretty well which is a real asset. Our team today is strong. We have the same goal. We’ve built a nice working environment, one that drivers feel comfortable in.
In your opinion, what is the most difficult thing about GP2 for a young driver?
On the technical side, the biggest difficulty for a rookie is to be able to understand the car and the track conditions in a very limited time. There’s only a thirty minute practice session to achieve that. On top of that, the driver has to give his best feedback to the engineers in order to help them come up with the best set-up for the qualifying session. It’s really not easy and they have to compete against more experienced drivers. GP2 is the last step before F1: there’s pressure. You have to constantly work and stay focused.