STREET LIFE PROVES TOUGH FOR PIC AND GONZALEZ Nailing a clean lap in Monaco is difficult at the best of times. Add a sprinkling of rain and tricky morphs into treacherous. Such were the conditions Arden drivers Charles Pic and Rodolfo Gonzalez...
STREET LIFE PROVES TOUGH FOR PIC AND GONZALEZ
Nailing a clean lap in Monaco is difficult at the best of times. Add a sprinkling of rain and tricky morphs into treacherous. Such were the conditions Arden drivers Charles Pic and Rodolfo Gonzalez faced on the principality's streets this afternoon, during qualifying for the third round of the GP2 Series.
Frenchman Pic leads the championship following his victory in last weekend's Barcelona season-opener. After adapting to Monaco's particular demands, he began moving up the timesheets and was vying for a place in the top six with about 10 minutes of the session remaining. He was unable to find a clear lap in the closing moments of the session, however, when conditions improved slightly and the fastest times were set. As a result he will start 18th tomorrow -- one place ahead of team-mate Gonzalez.
"The free practice session was difficult and I needed more time to get a better feel for the car. I don't think I got the most from my new tyres, either. Things felt better in qualifying -- it wasn't a brilliant session, but it was a definite improvement. I worked my way into the top 10 in the rain, but towards the end of the session the circuit was getting drier and I was unable to make an improvement on that crucial final lap. One moment I was eighth, the next I was 18th...
"That makes things difficult tomorrow, because overtaking is so difficult here in Monaco, but I will be aiming to work my way into the points and earn myself a better grid position for Sunday's sprint."
"That was hard work. I struggled with understeer throughout the session, but we managed to improve things slightly. I'm happier that I'm a lot closer to my team-mate this weekend, especially as I haven't driven in Monaco before and a throttle problem cost me vital track time during this morning's free practice. We have a bit of work still to do, but I think I did everything I could in what was a fairly crazy qualifying session."