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Kovalainen flies to pole in Monte Carlo

Kovalainen flies to pole in Monte Carlo

Heikki Kovalainen came up today with the pole position for the third round of the Formula GP2 series that will take place tomorrow on the street circuit of Monte Carlo. Gianmaria Bruni and Adam carroll completed the top three positions in a...

Heikki Kovalainen came up today with the pole position for the third round of the Formula GP2 series that will take place tomorrow on the street circuit of Monte Carlo. Gianmaria Bruni and Adam carroll completed the top three positions in a tight session.

Heikki Kovalainen.
Photo by xpb.cc.
The Finn managed to put together a great flying lap on his first visit to the always hard and difficult circuit of Monte Carlo. “It wasn't a fantastic lap but it was good enough for pole, which is important, of course. Everyone will say I could have done a better lap, but there's so little time for practice that you can't push to the limit straight away”, explained Kovalainen.

Kovalainen, a member of the Renault driver development program commented on tomorrow's race: “Hopefully, we can keep the lead into the first corner. Then it's a lot easier in terms of strategy. You don't need to do anything different from the others, we just have to wait and see what they do and make sure I make no mistakes”.

The series-leading Kovalainen added two more points with the pole, and will search on Saturday his second victory in the series, to follow up the one from the maiden GP2 race in San Marino.

Italian driver Bruni keeps showing his confidence in the Coloni Motorsport car after the victory of two weeks ago in Barcelona. Bruni captured second place, 0.59sec behind pole-sitter.

“It was quite a good qualifying for me. Unfortunately, I got some traffic on my quickest lap and lost some time in the final corners as I had to back off”, Bruni stated, while he added: “For sure, I could be faster, but what you need in Monaco is to be on the front row, so maybe tomorrow we'll have another good start as we did in Barcelona. Then, you never know. It's a 45-lap race, so it's pretty long”, he said.

Bruni also commented on the new tyres of Bridgestone for Monaco: “I have to say that the new tyres are mega. They did a fantastic job. You can feel it straight away from leaving the pits, we've got more grip than I had last year in F1”.

The Italian will try tomorrow to use his F1 experience to bend Kovalainen in the streets of Monte Carlo.

Like Kovalainen, it was also the first time for Carroll in this circuit, so the British took his time to learn the difficult draw of the track. After the practice session, Carroll was on 17th. but in the moment to use the gas he had no problem to set best third lap time. “I am really happy with the results, its was a very good qualifying session”, mentioned Carroll.

Although the second row doesn?t seems enough for him. “I think if I had another couple of laps I would of gained a few 10ths of second and claimed pole. It was a shame the yellow flags were out!”, he explained.

For the race, the Super Nova driver commented: “On a circuit where overtaking is near enough impossible, I can't afford any mistakes tomorrow, as I will lose time, it is down to the boys and our strategy. The car is looking good for the race tomorrow and I know the team will do their best”.

Both Latin American drivers, Nelson A. Piquet and Jos? Mar?a L?pez, had a complicated journey. The Brazilean crashed with Can Artam in the row to Mirabeau and will start tomorrow from 22th. L?pez, last winner of the series in Spain, couldn?t mark a lap time due to gearbox problems in his Dallara-Renault.

The other drivers in the top ten on the grid were Olivier Pla, Scott Speed, Cilvio Piccione, Nico Rosberg, Giorgio Pantano, Neel Jani and Nicolas Lapierre.

Is all set in Monaco to have the GP2 cars in the street and the show is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting races in the calendar.

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