Clivio wins a championship point and claims first pole position From 22nd on the grid, Clivio Piccione made a spectacular recovery in the first race at Magny Cours to cross the finish line in 8th place and earn himself one championship point.
Clivio wins a championship point and claims first pole position
From 22nd on the grid, Clivio Piccione made a spectacular recovery in the first race at Magny Cours to cross the finish line in 8th place and earn himself one championship point. Clivio will start the race tomorrow from pole position.
After a good start, Clivio drove a steady race and moved up ten positions to 12th by the end of lap 5. The Durango driver maintained his position between Hernandez and Lauda going into his pitstop on lap 9. After a pitstop, Clivio rejoined the action in 17th position just ahead of team mate Monfardini. Clivio held his position steady and continued to gain track position as several drivers completed their mandatory pitstops in this period.
The Yellow Flag was waved on Lap 16 as Olivier Pla spun out of the final corner and stopped partly on the track. The Safety Car was deployed for two laps while his car was removed.
As the Safety Car came back in, Clivio was lying in 13th position before launching a bold attack at the entry to the first hairpin to overtake both Viso and Garcia. By the end of Lap 24, Clivio was in 10th place as rival Nelson Piquet Jnr retired to the pits.
ART drivers Premat and Rosberg continued to dominate the race at the front of the pack before taking their late pitstops.
With 3 laps remaining, former race leader Rosberg came out of the pits in seventh position ahead of Pantano who ran wide on turn two and went off the track. Clivio moved up to 8th position with Premat closely behind. On the penultimate lap, the ART driver tried to overtake Clivio resulting in a clash which damaged the Durango rear exhaust and saw Premat spin on track. Clivio successfully held his position to the end of the race and crossed the finish line in 8th place.
"I'm feeling really good after today's result. Before I went out today, I was laughing with the team as I said I was going to come back with pole position for tomorrow's race so I'm really pleased everything went to plan! I had a great start and managed to gain a lot of ground early on in the race. The pitstop was perfect and the team did a really good job as we didn't lose any time. I managed to keep my track position steady until the Yellow Flag. Then after the Safety Car went back in, I saw my chance to attack and tried a move on Viso at the first hairpin. I went around him on the outside at the braking point and then took Garcia on the inside going out of the corner so I gained two more places. After that, I had to really look after my rear tyres as I had to stay on them to the end of the race. Premat was really putting pressure on me at the end of the race. He tried a move on Turn 5 which I managed to successfully defend but he hit me and damaged my rear exhaust. I was pushed wide on the corner so I had to really push to the end of the race and couldn't afford any mistakes. We still have a lot of work to do overnight before tomorrow's race but I'm really happy with the way things went today. We had a plan, we stuck to it and we got a great result."