Bahrain: Clivio Piccione race one report

Clivio continues to be plagued by a lack of traction to finish 13th Clivio got off to a strong start in race 1 in Bahrain to pull up from 12th on the grid to 9th by the end of lap 1. Posting competitive lap times he was in 7th position when he...

Clivio continues to be plagued by a lack of traction to finish 13th

Clivio got off to a strong start in race 1 in Bahrain to pull up from 12th on the grid to 9th by the end of lap 1. Posting competitive lap times he was in 7th position when he came in for his compulsory pit-stop on lap 5.

Back on track Clivio continued to attack and then by lap 8 the problem with traction that he suffered during Qualifying resurfaced causing oversteer under braking and exiting the corners. As the other drivers completed their pit-stops, Clivio was up to 10th position by lap 13 and maintained this position until 8 laps from the end. In the latter stages of the race battling to keep his car on track, Clivio had to make do with seeing his well-defended position slip away. He crossed the finished line for race 1 in 13th place.

Clivio:
"This was definitely the toughest race of the season, I couldn't fight for position as I was too busy fighting to keep my car on the track. At the start I got away well off the line and pulled round the car that had stalled in front of me. I was up to 9th place by the end of the first lap and things were looking good as the Safety Car came out. We had taken the decision to pit quite early and I was up to 7th position by the time I pitted on lap 5. At this point the car was running pretty well, then a few laps later the problems of the morning resurfaced. I had no traction, particularly no rear grip, and oversteer under braking and out of the corners. It became harder and harder to keep the car on track and the last third of the race was pretty much unbearable. It was particularly bad on the first corner and all I could do was watch the drivers pull away from me. I was determined to cross the finish line and kept pushing but it was no use.

The team is looking at the data now and we are going to work really hard on identifying the problem and solving it before the race tomorrow. I really want to be able to give a good fight in the final race of the championship. The temperatures are really high here, but I have done lots of training to prepare and did some acclimatisation work earlier this week so I am not affected by it."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione