GP2 Monza: Race 1 The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Olivier Pla,Hiroki Yoshimoto and Clivio Piccione were out of luck in the first GP2 race at the historic Monza circuit this weekend. Drive through penalties for speeding in the pitlane denied both...
GP2 Monza: Race 1
The Direxiv Motorsport drivers Olivier Pla,Hiroki Yoshimoto and Clivio Piccione were out of luck in the first GP2 race at the historic Monza circuit this weekend. Drive through penalties for speeding in the pitlane denied both Yoshimoto (BCN) and Piccione (Durango) who led for five laps in the middle of the race - a possible top eight finish, while Pla (DPR) was an early retirement after colliding with his team-mate at the start.
Hiroki Yoshimoto, BCN Competicion: 10th
"I think the race could have been okay. I was running behind [Neel] Jani when I had my penalty and he finished seventh, so I think at least eighth was possible. I knew when I came in for my pitstop that we would get the penalty. I pressed the speed limiter button, but when I accelerated it didn't kick in. I pressed it again straight away, but it was too late. It was a shame but let's see how many cars I can pass tomorrow."
Clivio Piccione, Durango Racing Team: 11th
"I made a good start and went around the outside at the first corner when everyone else was going on the inside, so that made me a few places. When the safety car came out the team decided to call my team-mate in and leave me out. It was a good tactic because when I pitted I rejoined ahead of him. At the pitstop I braked as hard as I could and hit the speed limiter, but it didn't work so when I accelerated I went right over the limit, so I knew I would get a penalty."
Olivier Pla, David Price Racing: retired
"At the start my team-mate's car went into reverse! I tried to get around him but I just hit him with my rear wheel. It's a crazy situation and I've never had anything like this happen to me in my career before. Tomorrow's race will just be like a test session for us. We changed a lot on the car for this race, but obviously we haven't seen how it has worked."
Misato Haga, President and CEO, Direxiv Motorsport:
"Hiro and Clivio's chance of a points scoring finish was effectively ruined with their drive- thro ugh penalties. Olivier's was a non-race as his startline incident meant he didn't even make it off the grid. So all in all, a frustrating day for the Direxiv drivers."