Hungaroring: Clivio Piccione qualifying report

Clivio battles with oversteer and traction problems to qualify 14th Clivio posted the 14th fastest time in the GP2 Qualifying session at Budapest today and will start race 1 on Saturday from the 7th row of the grid. Clivio was the second...

Clivio battles with oversteer and traction problems to qualify 14th

Clivio posted the 14th fastest time in the GP2 Qualifying session at Budapest today and will start race 1 on Saturday from the 7th row of the grid.

Clivio was the second driver to take to the track at the start of the 30 minute Qualifying session. In temperatures of over 35° Clivio completed his first run, posting a 1:33.634. Oversteer and traction problems plagued the young Monegasque driver throughout the session and left him unable to improve on this lap time in his two subsequent runs.

Clivio:
"In Free Practice this morning the car felt ok and I was able to post the sixth fastest time, but as soon as I got on track this afternoon I felt big oversteer and traction problems. This was primarily in the slow and mid- speed corners and those are the corners this track is pretty much made up of!

On my first set of tyres I got in what proved to be my best lap of the session. When I came in to change tyres, the team made some adjustments to the car but on track it still felt the same. It seems some other drivers had traction problems too as there were quite a few offs in this session and I had to back off on one of my flying laps in the second run because of yellow flags. On my third run and after a few more changes the car felt a bit better but by then the tyres were finished. It's a shame I didn't have that set up on my first set of tyres.

It is very hot here, when you are on track you don't feel it but as soon as you stop and no air is circulating it gets very hot inside the helmet. I think the tyres were wearing more quickly due to the heat.

We need to improve our set-up for the race and it's very difficult to overtake here, also it is very dirty off the line, so I think it comes down to having a good strategy tomorrow."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione