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Rosberg, Piquet take front row at Silverstone

As their fathers did just over 20 years ago in Formula One at this very circuit, Nico Rosberg and Nelson A. Piquet will start tomorrow's GP2 series first race at Silverstone from the front row. Both young drivers emulated what their fathers, ...

As their fathers did just over 20 years ago in Formula One at this very circuit, Nico Rosberg and Nelson A. Piquet will start tomorrow's GP2 series first race at Silverstone from the front row.

Both young drivers emulated what their fathers, former F1 World Champions, did in the qualifying session of the British Grand Prix on July 20th 1985.

Rosberg set his time early in the session with a lap of 1:31.509 in the ART Grand Prix car. "This pole position feels great! It wasn't an ideal qualifying, I could have done much better, but it was just that first set [of tyres] that worked out quite all right", commented Nico.

This result meant the first pole position for the former F3 Euroseries driver. "I'm very happy with pole, and we have a good car, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. I'm looking for another win!"

The 20-year-old will try tomorrow to became the first driver in the series to take two victories in a row after the one of Magny-Cours a week ago.

Rosberg's teammate, Alex Premat, set fourth time today but was demoted by ten places for an incident with Jose Maria Lopez in race two in France and will start from seventh row.

For Piquet, his work in Silverstone meant his best in a qualifying session in GP2. And surely his condition of reigning Formula 3 British champion is the reason of today's second place in a circuit he well know. "I'm very happy. It's been a help to know the circuit as I've been able to completely concentrate on doing the fast laps and I drove well, better than in Magny Cours qualifying. It all works out when I perform well, you get a good clean lap and the car is good", mentioned the Brazilian.

However, the 0.41 second gap to Rosberg wouldn't exist for Piquet if he had found a cleaner lap. "I could have been even quicker by a couple of tenths but I had someone in front of me. In a way that makes me even happier because I know that I could have been even faster", he said.

About tomorrow's race and the chance of take his first GP2 victory, Piquet stated: "We need to work on the set-up for the race, because it's a different thing going fast for qualifying, then having to last twenty to twenty-five laps on the same tyres for the race. Starting from the front row is going to be great. I am very confident and hopefully I can win this weekend".

Standings leader Heikki Kovalainen, and his closest rival in the championship, Adam Carroll, complete the second row. "it was one of my best qualifying laps this year, but to be half a second behind tells you we're missing something. But I think we're going to be looking okay for the race - we're always a lot stronger in the race than in qualifying, so it's not a problem really", were the confident words of Kovalainen.

Top ten in the grid: Rosberg, Piquet, Kovalainen, Carroll, Neel Jani, Lopez, Scott Speed, Giorgio Pantano, Nicolas Lapierre and Cilvio Piccione.

Due to yesterday events in London, GP2 series canceled its scheduled Paddock Walkabout for the Silverstone weekend to follow with the high security measures.

The standings has Kovalainen as leader with 52 points, followed by Carroll, 34, while third place is shared by Gianmaria Bruni, Rosberg and Scott Speed, all with 29 points. Jose Maria Lopez completes top six places with 25 units.

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Series GP2
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Giorgio Pantano , Scott Speed , Heikki Kovalainen , Adam Carroll , Neel Jani , Nicolas Lapierre , Jose Maria Lopez
Teams ART Grand Prix