Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P18 Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P1 Valsecchi storms to pole, Turvey playing catch up.... iSport racer Davide Valsecchi stormed to his first ever pole position today in qualifying at the new Yas Marina ...
Car 16: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- P18 Car 17: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- P1
Valsecchi storms to pole, Turvey playing catch up....
iSport racer Davide Valsecchi stormed to his first ever pole position today in qualifying at the new Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. With the track still dusty and with little rubber laid down so far Valsecchi was never topped as he dominated the session in impressive fashion. iSport and GP2 newcomer Oliver Turvey has had very little running on the Yas Marina Circuit due to missing the two day test last week to compete in his final race in World Series by Renault 3.5, so he had his work cut out today. Oliver has been steadily improving with each lap and finished qualifying only nine tenths behind his team mate on pole but back in eighteenth in a very tight field.
"I have to say thank you to the team for the car. I am really happy because I made my first pole position ever; it's my best moment in my career. I guess we were one or two tenths (ahead) because the car was perfect. I feel really confident with the team from the first time in the test to now in qualifying so I'm really happy".
"I've had very little time on the track so I have been getting used to the car and it's quite different from the GP2 Main Series car. I've only had a few laps really and I think that has been the main problem in qualifying but it is a little bit disappointing not to be further up. It was a very close qualifying I think I was only nine tenths off pole and I was eighteenth so it's a little bit disappointing. Hopefully tomorrow we can move forward and I'm pretty confident we will get stronger as the weekend goes on and hopefully we can get into the top eight tomorrow".