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Hungaroring: Clivio Piccione preview

Clivio hungry for points in Budapest With five rounds of the GP2 series left to contend, Clivio Piccione is focusing his attention on racking up valuable Championship points to add to his 12-point tally as he takes to the Hungaroring, Budapest...

Clivio hungry for points in Budapest

With five rounds of the GP2 series left to contend, Clivio Piccione is focusing his attention on racking up valuable Championship points to add to his 12-point tally as he takes to the Hungaroring, Budapest for Round 8 on 29th-31st July.

Clivio explains:

"I can't wait to get out on track in Budapest and prove I've got what it takes to score points this weekend. I'm pretty confidant as the car is looking strong and I'm determined to show how fast I can be.

This will be my first time at the Hungaroring and I hear the layout is quite similar to my home circuit in Monaco where I secured my highest Qualifying position this season. It's quite a technical circuit requiring high downforce with a lot of tight corners and gear changes so it should be pretty physically demanding, especially if the weather's hot. There aren't many opportunities to overtake at the Hungaroring so we'll need to maximise our time in Free Practise to make sure we get a good set-up for Qualifying. Although generally this year we've not been as strong in Qualifying, the car looks very competitive in race trim. However, I'm confidant we'll be able to adapt the car to the Hungaroring track as we did a good job in Monaco - I started the race from sixth place on the grid so I'm hoping for a repeat of that performance this weekend!

Over the next few days, I'll take a scooter round the circuit and also walk the track to familiarise myself with the tight corners, the inclines and the track surface ahead of the race weekend. A few of the guys who drove in F3000 have already raced here but for the most part, we are all in the same boat.

I'm expecting it to be very hot in Budapest so since the last race in Hockenheim I've managed to squeeze in several outdoor endurance sessions at home in Monaco using road bikes and kayaks to build up my stamina and strength. The season is pretty demanding, especially now as this will be the fourth race weekend in one month and it would be easy to sit back and be tired. But there are still five rounds to go in the GP2 Championship and many points to win so you can't afford to take your eye off the ball. This is my first year at this level of motorsport and it has been a fantastic opportunity for me to gain valuable racing experience and also a chance to learn circuits. We're improving race by race and all this experience is helping prepare me for the future."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Clivio Piccione