Hockenheim: Clivio Piccione preview

Clivio prepares for Hockenheim With one race victory, three further top ten finishes and eleven points to his name, Clivio currently lies in 12th position in the inaugural GP2 Championship as he gets ready for Round 7 at Hockenheim, Germany on...

Clivio prepares for Hockenheim

With one race victory, three further top ten finishes and eleven points to his name, Clivio currently lies in 12th position in the inaugural GP2 Championship as he gets ready for Round 7 at Hockenheim, Germany on 22nd - 24th July.

Clivio explains:

"Hockenheim is kind of like a home race for me as my mother is German and a lot of my family and friends will be there to support me as they only live an hour away. It's also the first race going into the second half of the GP2 Championship and I'm pretty confident about the way things have started to shape up. I've already got one race win, a pole position and four top ten finishes under my belt and I feel I'm improving as the races go by. I gained a lot of confidence after the last race in Silverstone, as I proved once again I've got the pace to be up there fighting for a podium position so that's what I'm concentrating on this weekend in Germany.

Most of the GP2 drivers know Hockenheim already from the Euroseries but I've never raced on the circuit before so I've had some homework to do to prepare for the weekend! I was lucky to have the chance to take a Porsche around the new track recently which gave me a good feel for the layout and track surface. It's an impressive circuit and looks like it's going to be tough on the rear tyres so we need to work hard to find the right balance and set-up for the car before Friday's Qualifying session. The layout reminds me a lot of the Nurburgring so I'm feeling very positive going into the race weekend at Hockenheim. I can't wait to tackle the entry into the Stadium complex as it looks pretty tricky and is definitely the toughest corner on the circuit- wide on the entry and tight on the exit which should be a lot of fun. The last two corners are also pretty challenging and there are some good opportunities for overtaking going down the straight and into the tiny hairpin - we should be in for plenty of action this weekend!

Away from the track, I've been pretty busy since the last race at Silverstone. At the start of the week, I went to Venice to hook up with my Durango team and touch base with my engineers. I'm pleased with the way the car's been running recently and we've not had any major problems since Magny Cours. We'll just have to see how quickly the car adapts to the track at Hockenheim but I like the way things are going with my GP2 car.

Since the weather's also started to hot up, I've modified my training programme to take into account the higher temperatures at races. I'm lucky in Monaco as there are so many outdoor activities I can fit into my fitness schedule so I've been mixing up more swimming and kayaking with circuit training, running and my regular gymwork. I've also just bought a 125cc kart which has been useful for training as it's quite tough to drive but really, I just use it to relax and have some fun. I've done a couple of full days up at the La Sarree kart track near Grasse and am looking forward to getting much more use out of it over the summer.

We've also had good reason to celebrate this week in Monaco with the official coronation of H.S.H. Prince Albert II on Tuesday 12th July. I'm incredibly fortunate to have His Serene Highness as the patron of my fan club and he has supported my career since I first started in motor racing. I hope that in the second half of the GP2 Championship, I will be able to represent the Principality of Monaco at the highest level and that we'll hear the Monegasque national anthem played out many more times on the GP2 podium, starting this weekend in Germany. I feel I'm really prepared for the next two races, the car looks strong and I'm confident we will pick up some more points in Hockenheim."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione