PIC POCKETS EIGHTH IN MONZA SPRINT Charles Pic spearheaded the Arden International challenge in this morning's GP2 Series sprint at Monza, Italy, driving a controlled race from 11th on the grid to finish eighth. He was always too far back to...
PIC POCKETS EIGHTH IN MONZA SPRINT
Charles Pic spearheaded the Arden International challenge in this morning's GP2 Series sprint at Monza, Italy, driving a controlled race from 11th on the grid to finish eighth. He was always too far back to contemplate a points finish, however, after losing too much time during the traditional midfield scuffles that occur during every GP2 race.
It was another disappointing day for team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez, who failed to start yesterday's race after crashing on the formation lap. He made a fine start from the back of the grid, picking up several positions within the first few corners, but then collided with another car as he approached the second chicane on lap two. Unable to continue, the Venezuelan was subsequently taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up.
Elsewhere in the field, long-time series leader Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) clinched the 2010 GP2 title, despite suffering his second accident of the weekend.
"My start wasn't too bad -- I gained one position, but it was hard to overtake after that because everybody was lapping at about the same speed. I tried to pass Romain Grosjean, but I was on the dirty side of the circuit and had to brake too early to make the move work. It's a shame that we didn't score any points this weekend, but that's a direct result of our poor qualifying performance because our race pace was certainly good enough. We need to work on getting the car right in qualifying trim. I'm now looking forward to Abu Dhabi, because I've taken a pole position there in the past and feel sure I can do well again."
"Good starts are nothing new -- I've managed those all season -- and the latest put me in a good position to start making my way through the field. On the second lap, though, the drivers ahead braked much earlier than I expected and I couldn't avoid hitting the last car in the group. This has truly been a weekend to forget."