PIC BACK IN THE POINTS, BUT FIRST-LAP CHAOS FLOORS GONZALEZ Frenchman Charles Pic ended his lengthy points drought with a strong performance in today's GP2 Series race at the Valencia street circuit, Spain. The Arden driver kept his nose...
PIC BACK IN THE POINTS, BUT FIRST-LAP CHAOS FLOORS GONZALEZ
Frenchman Charles Pic ended his lengthy points drought with a strong performance in today's GP2 Series race at the Valencia street circuit, Spain. The Arden driver kept his nose clean during a chaotic first lap in which a string of accidents caused no fewer than nine of the 24 drivers to retire -- Pic's team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez among them.
The Safety Car was dispatched to allow debris to be cleared and the race resumed on lap four. Pic soon moved up to fourth, after early leader Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax) was tipped into a spin, but slipped to sixth as the race continued in topsy-turvy fashion. The final phase was much calmer than the first, however, and Pic went on to secure sixth place. It was his first scoring finish since he won the Barcelona season-opener in May.
"I made a good start -- and escaped unscathed after one of the Racing Engineering cars touched me slightly. I was up to fifth by the time the Safety Car came out -- and gained a place when Davide Valsecchi and Sergio Perez touched. I then tried to overtake Valsecchi, but that cost me a little momentum and I ran slightly wide, so Giedo van de Garde and Sam Bird slipped past me. I then lost another place to Dani Clos, in the wake of our tyre stop, but Valsecchi was given a drive-through that moved me back up to sixth. I'm happy enough with that, though, and it feels good to score points again. There was a lot of tyre degradation towards the end and there are a few things we have to resolve for tomorrow, but if I start well there is no reason why I can't challenge for victory."
"I don't think I've ever gained quite so many places at the start of a race, but my joy was short-lived. There were cars all over the place on the approach to Turn Two. I don't know what had happened to Oliver Turvey, but he was spinning in front of me and I had nowhere to go, so I ran into him. Tomorrow, I will just do my best to steer clear of trouble at the start in order to avoid a repeat."