Imola: Clivio Piccione preview

Clivio set for GP2 season kick off As the highly anticipated GP2 series starts in Imola this weekend, Clivio Piccione, the 21-year-old Monegasque, will take to the track with Durango with the goal of notching up some valuable championship...

Clivio set for GP2 season kick off

As the highly anticipated GP2 series starts in Imola this weekend, Clivio Piccione, the 21-year-old Monegasque, will take to the track with Durango with the goal of notching up some valuable championship points. Having completed four pre-season tests and an intensive winter training programme, Clivio is looking forward to putting the car through its paces in race conditions.

What's new for 2005?
"The car is much more powerful than the one I drove in Formula 3 last year, I have jumped from 220 hp to 600 hp, it also has carbon brakes and F1-style pedal shifts on the steering wheel. The GP2 car is designed with a ground effect floor which means the downforce in high speed corners is very high, this makes for an exciting new experience."

My Team - Durango
"I settled in really quickly with Durango, they are a friendly team who made me feel at home, and equally they are very focussed on success. I speak fluent italian which also helps with communication."

Pre-season testing
"We have completed four pre-season tests, three in Paul Ricard and the final one was April 4-5 in Barcelona. At the beginning it was all about the team and I learning and getting used to the car. We then started on some basic set-up work and got some good groundwork done."

Imola - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
"As with many of the tracks on the GP2 calendar, Imola is new to me so I will focus on learning the circuit in the Friday Practice session. I am quite confident that if we have no technical problems, we have a good car to race with. The car has a lot of potential and we have not reached it yet so I think we will improve each time we go out. I am used to two-race weekends, but at 180 km, the first race is almost a full Formula 1 race and it will be great fun to have pitstops too. I think the weekend will be physically quite tough which is why I have worked so hard on my fitness over the winter."

The GP2 Series
"I am really excited to be competing in the GP2 series, it is the strongest championship outside of F1 and the standard of drivers is incredible. I reckon there are about 20 drivers who are capable of winning so it's going to make for some great racing."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione