ARDEN DUO FLOURISH AS RAIN CAUSES CHAOS AT SPA Arden drivers Charles Pic and Rodrigo Gonzalez thrived in the treacherous conditions that beset today's GP2 Series qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps. Pic survived a momentary trip through...
ARDEN DUO FLOURISH AS RAIN CAUSES CHAOS AT SPA
Arden drivers Charles Pic and Rodrigo Gonzalez thrived in the treacherous conditions that beset today's GP2 Series qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps. Pic survived a momentary trip through the gravel to annex seventh place on the grid, while Gonzalez was 13th. It took the Venezuelan a long time to put together a clear lap -- he managed only a couple in total -- but the quickest of them was enough to secure his best starting position of the season.
Conditions were changeable during free practice -- and consistently appalling during qualifying, which was interrupted for almost half an hour because torrential rain rendered the circuit too dangerous. Within seven minutes of the session's resumption, red flag flew again after Rapax driver Luis Razia crashed at Pouhon. Two more red flags followed and it took more than an hour to complete something that should have lasted 30 minutes.
"I had engine problems during free practice and started qualifying on the back foot. I'm not sure I've ever known such a chaotic session. The early red-flag stoppage was sensible, because the circuit was far too wet to drive safely. After that it was a question of trying to find gaps in the traffic -- and hoping there were no yellow flags around the next corner. Seventh place isn't too bad, but the car felt good and I'm sure I could have qualified higher if I hadn't had to back off quite so many times. It was just a very bitty session, but the result wasn't too bad, given our lack of preparation, and I'm now contemplating how we should set the car up tomorrow. I'll be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast..."
"I'm delighted with my progress so far this weekend, but that was still a very frustrating session. With all the yellow flags, it was impossible to build up a good rhythm and I didn't manage to put a proper lap together until the very end of the session. It's nice to be moving forwards at last, though, and the potential was definitely there to go even faster. If I can maintain my record of good race starts tomorrow, I believe I can challenge for points."