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Bahrain: Direxiv Motorsport qualifying report

The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Clivio Piccione, Hiroki Yoshimoto and Olivier Pla were left scratching their heads after qualifying for the GP2 finale in Bahrain. Because the event is not supporting Formula 1 the format was altered slightly, and ...

The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Clivio Piccione, Hiroki Yoshimoto and Olivier Pla were left scratching their heads after qualifying for the GP2 finale in Bahrain. Because the event is not supporting Formula 1 the format was altered slightly, and qualifying was held over two half-hour sessions. However, this failed to benefit any of them. Piccione (Durango) starts 14th, Yoshimoto (BCN) 16th and Pla (DPR) 17th.

Clivio Piccione, Durango Racing Team: 14th 1m46.466s
"After my first flying lap I was up to eighth, so that wasn't bad. But then we changed a couple of things and it made the car a lot worse. Also I had an off on my best flying lap the track was very dirty off the line. In fact the track was never the same from one lap to the next. I think it should be an interesting race."

Hiroki Yoshimoto, BCN Competicion: 16th 1m46.847s
"The track is really hot and you have to do your best time on your first flying lap, but as always seems to happen to me I had traffic. But even if I did have a clear track, the best I could have gone was a second faster the times of the top six are just impossible for me. I feel slow, the car has no grip, but at least it is better than this morning when it was really bad!"

Olivier Pla, David Price Racing: 17th 1m47.072s
"I'm very disappointed. The car has lots of understeer and has no traction out of the corners. And because of that it's very difficult to drive, which is why I had my first spin. The second one came on my final flying lap. I came up behind Nico Rosberg, who was going very slowly, and I had to spin to avoid hitting him. I hope things are better in the race."

Misato Haga, President and CEO, Direxiv Motorsport:
"This was a difficult morning for the drivers with all suffering from traction problems amongst other things. Hopefully there is time to make some improvements to their cars before race 1 this afternoon."

-dm-

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Series GP2
Drivers Nico Rosberg , Clivio Piccione , Olivier Pla , Hiroki Yoshimoto , David Price