Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P6 Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P2 Valsecchi denied pole in final moments, impressive Bahrain debut for Turvey....... iSport will line up second and sixth for tomorrow's feature race at the Bahrain...
Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P6
Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P2
Valsecchi denied pole in final moments, impressive Bahrain debut for Turvey.......
iSport will line up second and sixth for tomorrow's feature race at the Bahrain International Circuit after the tightest qualifying session GP2 has seen in some time.
It was a tight from the off with pole changing hands several times. It was only when the track cleared that Championship leader and iSport racer Davide Valsecchi staked his claim by going quickest by 0.365secs. With just one minute to go Valsecchi was pipped to pole by Frenchman Jules Bianchi but with only 0.004secs separating the two the iSport racer is in a prime position in which to challenge in tomorrow's feature race. British racer Oliver Turvey, yet to drive a GP2 car at the Bahrain International Circuit until this morning, featured throughout qualifying in the top five. With traffic building in the final minutes Turvey was unable to improve but will certainly be in contention starting sixth in tomorrow's feature race.
"We had a good free practice this morning. I was pleased as it was my first time on this circuit and we were quick, we were third in free practice and only a few hundredths off, so I hoped to be a bit further up this afternoon. The first run was good, we were second quickest on the first set of the tyres but then on the second set of tyres we didn't really improve enough. I had quite a lot of understeer in the car which affected us. Also on the second set of tyres there was quite a lot of traffic, I only got one clear lap which I don't think really helped. We should still be able to get a podium tomorrow and have a good race. The first corner is very tricky so I hope to stay out of trouble there and aim for the podium".
"We are P2. Really good and we were always competitive. My car was really strong and really competitive and really fast. We just missed the pole position by less than one tenth so it was extremely competitive. I hope tomorrow to make a good start and to fight for the win. If we can stay out of trouble in the first corner, because here it's a bit tricky, I hope to make a good race".