TOP SIX QUALIFYING POSITIONS FOR DPR DIREXIV Both DPR Direxiv drivers, Olivier Pla and Clivio Piccione, qualified in the top six after an incident packed session at Monaco for tomorrow's fifth round of the GP2 Series. It was their best...
TOP SIX QUALIFYING POSITIONS FOR DPR DIREXIV
Both DPR Direxiv drivers, Olivier Pla and Clivio Piccione, qualified in the top six after an incident packed session at Monaco for tomorrow's fifth round of the GP2 Series. It was their best qualifying performance of the season to date and, without another driver's accident, could have been even better. DPR Direxiv was the only team other than ART to have both drivers in the top six.
Team Principal David Price said after the chequered flag: "I am very pleased with qualifying but disappointed for Olivier as he should have been on the front row, but was unavoidably involved in someone else's accident. It's our best qualifying performance this year and not a bad place to start from on the grid at Monaco." Olivier Pla from Toulouse had held 2nd place behind Lewis Hamilton for the first half of the 30 minute session but, when Ernesto Viso understeered into the wall at Ste Devote, Pla was unable to avoid him and prematurely ended his qualifying session. His time of 1:21.277 (just 5/100ths of a second behind Hamilton's ART team mate, Premat) held good for 5th overall at the chequered flag. Pla was, however, slightly injured in the crash and went to hospital for checks on his hand which fortunately was found not to be broken.
"I was too close behind Viso to be able to avoid him and we all know there is no where to go at Monaco. It's a shame because I still had another set of tyres to use for qualifying and a lot of people were improving their times. I'm sure I could have held onto p2. It's a good place to start though and lots can happen here - we'll see tomorrow." Local Monegasque driver, Piccione, was happy with both the set up of the car and the overall progress of the team but philosophical about his 3rd row spot. He was extremely fortunate to have avoided Viso and Pla's accident and managed to shoot up the escape road. "I'm a bit disappointed with 6th to be honest because in Monaco it's all about qualifying. I got blocked on my best lap and there were so many yellow/red flags it kind of disrupted the session. Everyone was jamming up into Rascasse, you couldn't find a good lap without too much traffic."