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Monaco: iSport qualifying report

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P24 Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P7 (will take 5 place grid penalty) Valsecchi and Turvey both in wars on the wet streets of Monaco.... The sun had been shinning in Monaco for most of the day, but when ...

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P24
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P7 (will take 5 place grid penalty)

Valsecchi and Turvey both in wars on the wet streets of Monaco....

The sun had been shinning in Monaco for most of the day, but when qualifying loomed the sky turned grey and soaked the streets of Monaco. Tip toeing around the slippery circuit, iSport duo Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi remained in and out of the top ten early in the session as the track improved. Unfortunately, rookie Turvey was caught out by the slippery conditions and hit a barrier at turn five, damaging his front wing and suspension. With the track times improving, Turvey dropped down the timesheets and will start race 1 from the back of the grid. Davide Valsecchi was also in the wars as he collided with the crashed car of Pastor Maldonado at the end of the session. As a result, Valsecchi receives a five place grid penalty dropping him from seventh to twelfth for tomorrow's race.

Davide Valsecchi
"Being through the chequered flag when it is wet is a big advantage as the track will be a little bit drier as there are cars in front of you clearing it. I was one of the first past the chequered flag. So for sure the cars that were behind me, the track was a bit drier for them, they were luckier than me. Anyway after the first corner I crashed with one car stopped into the barrier. The session was finished but for this reason I got the penalty. It was stupid as I relaxed immediately after the chequered flag and then no-one told me there was a yellow flag because we just relaxed. I came round the corner and saw people on the track and braked hard and just ran wide into the car a little. It's a shame".

Oliver Turvey
"We had a dry free practice and we had a few issues with the car in free practice, but I think we made good set up changes to improve the car for qualifying. I was really looking forward to qualifying then it started to rain beforehand. I love driving in the wet but Monaco is a very unforgiving track. Gradually through the session I was getting quicker and I was starting to push a bit more. A dry line started to appear at the end of the session and the track was starting to get quicker and improving all the time. I made a small mistake into turn five, down the hill, I locked the inside wheel and it was a really slow speed impact with the barrier, but enough to bend the front left corner, the damage ended our session. We missed the last three of four laps when it was drying out the most and obviously everyone was improving all the time. It's not where we wanted to be in qualifying, especially on a street circuit but we have a lot more work to do tomorrow to try and get in the top eight and score some points".

-source: iSport

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Series GP2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey