Clivio Piccione finished 8th in the sprint race in Barcelona today. This marks his best finish to date in the fourth race of the GP2 series. Clivio was in 14th place on the grid for the 18 lap race. On the warm-up lap polesitter Negrao stalled...
Clivio Piccione finished 8th in the sprint race in Barcelona today. This marks his best finish to date in the fourth race of the GP2 series.
Clivio was in 14th place on the grid for the 18 lap race. On the warm-up lap polesitter Negrao stalled and had to start from the back so Clivio moved up to 13th. He got away to a good start and by lap 3 was running in 10th position behind Nico Rosberg and Alexandre Premat. When Premat spun off on lap 5 the safety car was deployed while the track was cleared which allowed Clivio and Rosberg to close the gap on Fauzy in 7th place.
As the safety car came in there was effectively a rolling restart, Clivio maintained his position but was unable to attack Rosberg. Gianmaria Bruni stopped on the track which moved Clivio up into 8th position. On lap 12 Rosberg overtook Fauzy and Clivio pulled up close behind, keeping the pressure on and waiting for an opportunity to attack. Meanwhile Lapierre closed the gap on Clivio and made repeated attempts to overtake but Clivio defended his position.
On the final lap a collision between 2nd and 3rd placed Adam Carroll and Nelsinho Piquet Jnr looked to force Carroll out of the race, but he crossed the line in 6th and Clivio maintained his 8th position.
"I am happy with how the race went today. I got a very good start and quickly pulled up to 10th position. I was racing in a group of three behind Premat and Rosberg, then when Premat spun off Rosberg and I were able to advance on Fauzy. When the safety car came in everyone came flying out of the slow hairpin and I wasn't quite ready so I wasn't able to attack Rosberg as the gap was too big. Fauzy made a mistake and Rosberg got by but he closed the door before I could get through. Fauzy seemed to have greater straight line speed and I had understeer in the corners, so I caught him on the twisty parts but he always managed to pull away. My tyres were getting slower by this point and I realised I was not in the points and so thought it better not to take any risks and maintain my position. Lapierre was putting pressure on me from behind but I defended my position. All in all I am very satisfied with how it went today."