Trident Racing

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Italy Trident Racing
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Founded2006
Founder(s)Maurizio Salvadori
BaseMilan, Italy
Team principal(s)Maurizio Salvadori
Current seriesFIA Formula 2 Championship
FIA Formula 3 Championship
Former seriesGP2 Series
International Formula Master
Auto GP
GP2 Asia Series
GP3 Series
Current driversFrance Giuliano Alesi[1]
Websitehttp://www.tridentmotorsport.com/

Trident Racing is a motor racing team that competes in single-seater formula racing. It was founded in 2006 in order to compete in the GP2 championship, which is Europe's highest-ranking single-seater formula below Formula One. Trident is headquartered at San Pietro Mosezzo in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Racing history[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Mike Conway driving for Trident at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

After a rapid formation, Trident secured a place on the 2006 GP2 entry list, represented by former Formula One driver Gianmaria Bruni and rookie Andreas Zuber. It was one of three teams that had lodged requests for the thirteenth entry that was made available for that season onwards. GP2's organiser Bruno Michel commented: "Trident Racing put forward a proposal which promised strong sporting and engineering excellence."[citation needed]

Trident's first year of competition was competitive against more experienced opposition. Bruni provided two race wins, together with three pole positions and two fastest race laps, whilst Zuber secured a single race win. In the teams' championship standings, Trident ended the year in sixth place overall. For the 2007 season, Trident chose F3 Euro Series race winner Kohei Hirate from Japan and World Series by Renault front-runner Pastor Maldonado from Venezuela, who suffered a training injury mid-season and was replaced by Ricardo Risatti and then Sergio Hernández. Before his injury, Maldonado secured pole position and the race victory in the series' single race at Monaco, and secured eleventh place in the drivers' championship despite missing the final eight races of the season. His team-mates struggled, however, dropping Trident to tenth in the teams' championship.

Trident driver Adrian Zaugg leads iSport's Davide Valsecchi at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the 2010 season.

Trident's 2008 drivers were Mike Conway and Ho-Pin Tung. The team's best result again came at Monaco, with Conway leading Tung home for a Trident one-two in the sprint race. Both drivers were unable to replicate this performance elsewhere, but Trident improved to ninth in the teams' championship. For 2009, the team changed its driver line-up to Ricardo Teixeira and Davide Rigon, with Rodolfo González deputising for Rigon for a single round of the championship. The trio scored a mere three points between them, resulting in Trident finishing twelfth and last in the teams' championship. The 2010 season saw a slight improvement as the team improved to eleventh overall; the drivers for the year were Adrian Zaugg and Johnny Cecotto Jr., the latter of whom was replaced first by Edoardo Piscopo and then Federico Leo.

Rodolfo González driving for Trident at the Monza round of the 2011 season.

Trident enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2011, with new lead driver Stefano Coletti winning two races en route to eleventh in the drivers' championship, despite suffering a back injury at the penultimate round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps which saw him ruled out of the finale; he was replaced by Monegasque compatriot Stéphane Richelmi. In the other car, the returning González failed to score. For the 2012 season, Richelmi was retained and joined by Julián Leal: the duo scored 31 points between them under the new scoring system, but Trident slipped to tenth in the teams' championship, having finished eighth the season before.

For the 2015 season, Raffaele Marciello, of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and René Binder joined the team from Racing Engineering and Arden International respectively. The team finished seventh overall.

The team entered 2016 with Philo Paz Armand and Luca Ghiotto being promoted from GP3. After a winless season the previous year, Ghiotto scored a victory at the sprint race in Malaysia bringing them to eighth in the standings.

GP2 Asia Series[edit]

Trident also competed in the GP2 Asia Series from its inception in 2008 to its cancellation in 2011. In the series' inaugural championship, the team fielded Harald Schlegelmilch and Ho-Pin Tung for a total of four points, finishing thirteenth and last in the teams' championship. For the 2008-09 season, Trident employed an unusually high number of seven drivers to share its two race seats: Giacomo Ricci, Alberto Valerio, Frankie Provenzano, Ricardo Teixeira, Chris van der Drift, Adrián Vallés and Davide Rigon all shared driving duties at some stage, propelling Trident to ninth in the teams' championship between them. In the 2009-10 season, the team reduced is roster two four drivers, with gentleman driver Plamen Kralev buying one seat for the entirety of the championship, and the other shared between Johnny Cecotto Jr., Dani Clos and Adrian Zaugg. This campaign was less successful, as the team slipped back to eleventh in the standings. The truncated 2011 season was Trident's best, as lead driver Stefano Coletti put in a strong showing to finish fourth in the drivers' table, with one win, a position replicated by the team in its own championship. In the other car, Rodolfo González failed to score.

GP3 Series[edit]

Trident joined the GP3 Series for its third year of competition in 2012, replacing the departing Barwa Addax team. It became the first GP3 team to intentionally field two drivers instead of the usual three (although several other teams later dropped down to two-car entries for certain rounds), beginning the season with Vicky Piria and Antonio Spavone. For the fourth round of the championship at Silverstone, it expanded briefly to three cars for Giovanni Venturini, but Spavone's ride disappeared thereafter and the team once again returned to a two car set-up. Venturini was the most successful of the Italian trio, finishing on the podium twice and finishing thirteenth in the drivers' championship, in contrast to Piria and Spavone, who did not score. Trident finished ninth and last in the teams' championship.

The team enjoyed an upturn in performance in the following two seasons, with performances from Luca Ghiotto in 2015 and Antonio Fuoco in 2016, allowing them to finish second and third in the respective constructors championships.

In 2018, the team was represented by Giuliano Alesi, Ryan Tveter and Alessio Lorandi.[2][3][4] After Lorandi was promoted to Formula 2 prior to the Hungaroring round, David Beckmann was signed as his replacement.

FIA Formula 2 Championship[edit]

In 2018 the team will be represented by Haas F1 test drivers Arjun Maini, Santino Ferrucci and Alessio Lorandi who switched from GP3 mid season after Ferrucci was banned for two rounds following a collision with teammate Arjun Maini at Silverstone,[5] then had his contract terminated citing sponsorship issues.

For the 2019 season, the team promoted Giuliano Alesi from their defunct GP3 division.[1] On 11 March 2019, Ralph Boschung was confirmed as his teammate.

FIA Formula 3 Championship[edit]

In October 2018, Trident were listed among ten teams to compete in the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship. Their drivers will be Devlin DeFrancesco, Niko Kari, both of whom switched from MP Motorsport after competing with them in the GP3 Series; the latter moved to Formula 2 midway through the 2018 season, and Pedro Piquet, who raced for them in GP3.

Current series results[edit]

FIA Formula 2 Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles FLaps D.C. T.C. Points
2017 Dallara GP2/11-Mecachrome Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 0 0 0 14th 10th 9
United States Santino Ferrucci 10 0 0 0 22nd
Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 22 0 0 0 23rd
United Kingdom Callum Ilott 2 0 0 0 26th
Italy Raffaele Marciello 2 0 0 0 29th
2018 Dallara F2 2018-Mecachrome India Arjun Maini 23 0 0 0 14th 10th 37
United States Santino Ferrucci 13 0 0 0 19th
Italy Alessio Lorandi 10 0 0 0 20th

Former series results[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. D.C. T.C. Points
2006 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Gianmaria Bruni 21 2 2 3 7th 6th 45
United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 21 1 0 0 14th
2007 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 13 1 1 0 11th 10th 35
Japan Kohei Hirate 21 0 0 0 19th
Argentina Ricardo Risatti 6 0 0 0 28th
Spain Sergio Hernández 2 0 0 0 36th
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Mike Conway 20 1 0 1 12th 9th 27
China Ho-Pin Tung 20 0 0 0 18th
2009 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Davide Rigon 18 0 0 0 22nd 12th 3
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 20 0 0 0 26th
Venezuela Rodolfo González 2 0 0 0 29th
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome South Africa Adrian Zaugg 20 0 0 0 18th 11th 14
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 16 0 0 0 23rd
Italy Edoardo Piscopo 2 0 0 0 26th
Italy Federico Leo 2 0 0 0 32nd
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 16 2 0 0 11th 8th 22
Venezuela Rodolfo González 18 0 0 0 26th
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 2 0 0 0 31st
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 24 0 0 0 18th 10th 34
Colombia Julián Leal 24 0 0 0 21st
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Kevin Ceccon 12 0 0 0 17th 11th 49
France Nathanaël Berthon 22 1 0 1 20th
Canada Gianmarco Raimondo 4 0 0 0 30th
Italy Sergio Campana 2 0 0 0 32nd
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 4 0 0 0 34th
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 22 2 1 0 5th 5th 169
Spain Sergio Canamasas 20 0 0 0 14th
Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies 2 0 0 0 34th
2015 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Raffaele Marciello 22 0 0 0 7th 7th 111
Austria René Binder 12 0 0 0 22nd
Netherlands Daniël de Jong 4 0 0 0 23rd
Sweden Gustav Malja 2 0 0 0 25th
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 4 0 0 0 28th
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Luca Ghiotto 22 1 0 2 8th 8th 111
Indonesia Philo Paz Armand 22 0 0 0 24th

GP2 Asia Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. D.C. T.C. Points
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch 10 0 0 0 18th 13th 4
China Ho-Pin Tung 10 0 0 0 21st
2008-09 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Davide Rigon 6 0 0 0 6 9th 11
New Zealand Chris van der Drift 3 0 0 0 18th
Italy Giacomo Ricci 2 0 0 0 27th†
Italy Frankie Provenzano 4 0 0 0 35th
Brazil Alberto Valerio 1 0 0 0 37th
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 4 0 0 0 38th
Spain Adrián Vallés 2 0 0 0 40th
2009-10 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 2 0 0 0 17th 11th 4
South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2 0 0 0 19th
Spain Dani Clos 4 0 0 0 27th
Bulgaria Plamen Kralev 8 0 0 0 33rd
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 4 1 0 0 4th 4th 11
Venezuela Rodolfo González 4 0 0 0 17th

† Ricci also drive for the David Price Racing team.

International Formula Master[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. D.C. T.C. Points
2009 Tatuus-Honda Germany Michael Ammermüller[N 1] 16 1 0 0 3rd 2nd 96
Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch 16 1 0 0 4th
Denmark Kasper Andersen 10 0 0 0 9th
Spain Alejandro Núñez 10 0 0 0 17th
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2 0 0 0 19th
Germany Dominik Wasem 2 0 0 0 26th
2009 Tatuus-Honda Italy Frankie Provenzano[N 2] 10 0 0 0 15th 10th 2

Auto GP[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. D.C. T.C. Points
2010 Lola B05/52-Zytek Colombia Julián Leal 12 1 1 1 9th 4th 33
South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2 0 0 0 15th
Italy Federico Leo 2 0 0 0 16th
Italy Fabrizio Crestani 4 0 0 0 22nd

GP3 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. D.C. T.C. Points
2012 Dallara-Renault Italy Giovanni Venturini 10 0 0 0 13th 9th 31
Italy Vicky Piria 16 0 0 0 26th
Italy Antonio Spavone 8 0 0 0 30th
2013 Dallara-Renault Italy Giovanni Venturini 18 1 0 0 15th 8th 32
Italy David Fumanelli 16 0 0 0 19th
San Marino Emanuele Zonzini 18 0 0 0 25th
Republic of Ireland Robert Cregan 2 0 0 0 27th
2014 Dallara-Renault Finland Patrick Kujala[N 3] 18 0 0 0 14th 9th 12
South Africa Roman de Beer 10 0 0 0 18th
Italy Luca Ghiotto 4 0 0 1 20th
United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 2 0 0 0 25th
Australia Mitchell Gilbert 10 0 0 0 26th
China Kang Ling 2 0 0 0 28th
Sweden John Bryant-Meisner 4 0 0 0 30th
Brazil Victor Carbone 4 0 0 0 31st
Russia Denis Nagulin 2 0 0 0 35th
Russia Konstantin Tereshchenko 2 0 0 0 NC
2015 Dallara-Renault Italy Luca Ghiotto 22 5 5 9 2nd 2nd 282
Poland Artur Janosz 22 0 0 0 14th
Colombia Óscar Tunjo 6 1 0 0 15th
Netherlands Beitske Visser 2 0 0 0 28th
France Amaury Bonduel 2 0 0 0 26th
Italy Michele Beretta 6 0 0 0 27th
2016 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Antonio Fuoco 18 2 0 0 3rd 3rd 170
Thailand Sandy Stuvik 18 0 0 0 18th
Poland Artur Janosz 18 0 0 0 20th
France Giuliano Alesi 15 0 0 0 22nd
2017 Dallara-Mecachrome France Giuliano Alesi 16 3 0 1 5th 2nd 578
France Dorian Boccolacci 16 1 0 0 6th
United States Ryan Tveter 16 0 0 0 8th
Switzerland Kevin Jörg 16 0 0 0 12th
2018 Dallara-Mecachrome Germany David Beckmann[N 4] 18 3 2 2 5th 2nd 433
Brazil Pedro Piquet 18 2 0 0 6th
France Giuliano Alesi 18 1 0 1 7th
United States Ryan Tveter 16 0 0 1 9th
Italy Alessio Lorandi 8 0 0 0 11th

Timeline[edit]

Current series
FIA Formula 2 Championship 2017-2019
FIA Formula 3 Championship 2019
Former series
GP2 Asia Series 2008-2011
International Formula Master 2008–2009
Auto GP 2010
GP2 Series 2006–2016
GP3 Series 2012–2018

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Ammermüller joined Trident Racing for the last weekend of 2008 season. At that point he had collected 70 points with Iris Project
  2. ^ Frankie Provenzano joined Trident Racing for the first weekend of 2009 season. At that point he had collected 2 points before his switching to Cram Competition.
  3. ^ Patrick Kujala joined Trident Racing for the last two weekends of 2014 season. At that point he had collected 22 points with Marussia Manor Racing.
  4. ^ David Beckmann joined Trident Racing for the last five weekends of 2019 season. At that point he had collected 10 points with Jenzer Motorsport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Klein, Jamie (December 7, 2018). "Alesi steps up to F2 with Trident". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (6 February 2018). "Alesi sticks with Trident GP3 squad for 2018". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  3. ^ Gruz, David (16 February 2018). "Trident retains Tveter for second GP3 campaign". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (20 February 2018). "GP3 race winner Lorandi signs for Trident". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (21 February 2018). "Haas F1 junior drivers to race for Trident in 2018 Formula 2 season". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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