Trident Racing

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Italy Trident Racing
Full name Trident Racing
Founded 2006
Base Italy San Pietro Mosezzo, Novara, Italy
Founder/s Maurizio Salvadori
Team principal/s Maurizio Salvadori
Technical director Luca Zerbini
Race drivers 11. TBA
12. TBA
GP2 Series record
Debut 2006
Races competed 144
Teams' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 7
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 5
Other Series
Current Series GP3 Series
Former Series International Formula Master
Auto GP
GP2 Asia Series
Drivers' Titles 0
Teams' Titles 0

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. GP2 functions as an official support championship to Formula One and thus shares the latter championship's European dates and venues. 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.

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.

Results[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2006 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Gianmaria Bruni 21 2 2 3 33 7th 6th
United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 21 1 0 0 12 14th
2007 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 13 1 1 0 25 11th 10th
Argentina Ricardo Risatti 6 0 0 0 1 28th
Spain Sergio Hernández 2 0 0 0 0 36th
Japan Kohei Hirate 21 0 0 0 9 19th
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Mike Conway 20 1 0 1 20 12th 9th
China Ho-Pin Tung 20 0 0 0 7 18th
2009 Dallara-Mecachrome Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 20 0 0 0 0 26th 12th
Italy Davide Rigon 18 0 0 0 3 22nd
Venezuela Rodolfo González 2 0 0 0 0 29th
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 0 0 0 3 23rd 11th
Italy Edoardo Piscopo 2 0 0 0 2 26th
Italy Federico Leo 2 0 0 0 0 32nd
South Africa Adrian Zaugg 20 0 0 0 9 18th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Rodolfo González 18 0 0 0 0 26th 8th
Monaco Stefano Coletti 16 2 0 0 22 11th
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 2 0 0 0 0 31st
2012 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 24 0 0 0 25 18th 10th
Colombia Julián Leal 24 0 0 0 9 21st
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome France Nathanaël Berthon 22 1 0 1 21 20th 11th
Italy Kevin Ceccon 12 0 0 0 28 17th
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 4 0 0 0 0 34th
Italy Sergio Campana 2 0 0 0 0 32nd
Canada Gianmarco Raimondo 4 0 0 0 0 30th
2014 Dallara-Mecachrome Zimbabwe Axcil Jefferies 2 0 0 0 0 25th 3rd
Spain Sergio Canamasas 4 0 0 0 22 12th
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 6 2 1 0 76 3rd

GP2 Asia Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch 10 0 0 0 3 18th 13th
China Ho-Pin Tung 10 0 0 0 1 21st
2008-09 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Giacomo Ricci 2 0 0 0 0 27th† 9th
Brazil Alberto Valerio 1 0 0 0 0 37th
Italy Frankie Provenzano 4 0 0 0 0 35th
Portugal Ricardo Teixeira 4 0 0 0 0 38th
New Zealand Chris van der Drift 3 0 0 0 5 18th
Spain Adrián Vallés 2 0 0 0 0 40th
Italy Davide Rigon 6 0 0 0 6 17th
2009-10 Dallara-Mecachrome Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 2 0 0 0 3 17th 11th
Spain Dani Clos 4 0 0 0 0 27th
South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2 0 0 0 1 19th
Bulgaria Plamen Kralev 8 0 0 0 0 33rd
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 4 1 0 0 11 4th 4th
Venezuela Rodolfo González 4 0 0 0 0 17th

† Ricci also drive for the David Price Racing team.

GP3 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2012 Dallara-Renault Italy Vicky Piria 16 0 0 0 0 26th 9th
Italy Antonio Spavone 8 0 0 0 0 30th
Italy Giovanni Venturini 10 0 0 0 31 13th
2013 Dallara-Renault Italy Giovanni Venturini 18 1 0 0 26 15th 8th
Italy David Fumanelli 16 0 0 0 6 19th
San Marino Emanuele Zonzini 18 0 0 0 0 25th
Republic of Ireland Robert Cregan 2 0 0 0 0 27th
2014 Dallara-Renault Brazil Victor Carbone 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a
South Africa Roman de Beer 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
TBA 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Timeline[edit]

2000s 2010s
06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Formulas GP2 Series
IFM Auto GP GP3 Series
GP2 Asia Series

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