BARCELONA DELIVERS A CRUEL BLOW TO DPR DIREXIV In yesterday's first race at Barcelona, after DPR Direxiv's best showing of the season so far, it all went horribly wrong for the British team - through the cruellest of luck. Olivier Pla had ...
BARCELONA DELIVERS A CRUEL BLOW TO DPR DIREXIV
In yesterday's first race at Barcelona, after DPR Direxiv's best showing of the season so far, it all went horribly wrong for the British team - through the cruellest of luck. Olivier Pla had qualified in 9th and Clivio Piccione 10th and both drivers made blinding starts. Pla was up to 4th by the first corner and Piccione 6th and, after good pit stops, they were back on track and running in a steady 4th and 5th , behind the two ART cars and Michael Ammermueller of Arden.
Monegasque Clivio Piccione was challenging for a podium finish when he tangled with the Arden driver on the final corner of the last lap, and spun off. He was classified in 17th place. Five laps before the finish, while still in 5th place, Frenchman Pla began to suffer engine troubles which saw him drop back into 9th .
He limped round to the chequered flag, all the while losing water as the temperature of his engine rose. Piccione's misfortune meant that he was classified in 8th and was potentially on pole position for today's second race.
However, in post-race scrutineering, his car was weighed and found to be 6kg under the minimum of 677kg. Regulations do not allow fluid levels to be topped up. When the team refilled the water tanks after the car was returned from scrutineering, the car weighed in at 678kg.
"It's bloody tough," said team boss Dave Price. "I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't for the fact this has cost us a pole position. The team was really good yesterday, the cars were quick and drivers were absolutely on the pace. Our pit stops were smooth and the strategy was just right. I can even forgive Clivio as he was challenging for a podium, but we must have upset someone somewhere for so much bad luck to be thrown at one team!"