Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P4, 1m 30.468s Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P12, 1m 30.714s TURVEY FOURTH, DESPITE LATE DRAMA - VALSECCHI CLOSE TO THE PACE iSport driver Oliver Turvey maintained his excellent run of qualifying form at Monza...
Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - P4, 1m 30.468s Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - P12, 1m 30.714s
TURVEY FOURTH, DESPITE LATE DRAMA - VALSECCHI CLOSE TO THE PACE
iSport driver Oliver Turvey maintained his excellent run of qualifying form at Monza today, setting fourth fastest time ahead of the season's penultimate GP2 Series meeting. With its long, fast straights and a relative dearth of corners, Monza tends to produce closely matched fields - and today was no exception.
Davide Valsecchi was just 0.246s adrift of team-mate Turvey - but was only good enough for 12th.
Turvey missed the final few minutes of the session when his engine cut out, but didn't lose any grid positions as a result.
"The chassis balance felt good all day - although the car seemed a little bit slow in a straight line. That might explain why my oil pressure alarm came on towards the end of qualifying. The engine cut out immediately - an automated process to reduce the risk of further damage - and I'll be getting a fresh unit for the race. It will be interesting to see what difference that makes. It's tricky not to make mistakes here, with the ultra-low downforce levels and reduced grip, but that tends to promote good racing. Once again, I'm starting in a strong position. Races at Monza have a habit of being unpredictable, but I'm definitely in good shape."
"I feel a bit frustrated, to be honest. I wanted to put on a good show here at my home race and really there isn't too much wrong. The car feels pretty good, but we're obviously lacking slightly in one or two areas. I can't put my finger on a particular problem - and just a couple of tenths would make a world of difference. I will endeavour to make amends tomorrow."