Istanbul: Arden qualifying report

PIC WELL PLACED AS ARDEN ACCLIMATISES TO TURKISH HEAT Charles Pic will start from eighth place on the grid when the GP2 Series continues at Istanbul Park, Turkey, tomorrow. After acclimatising to the undulating, 3.317-mile track during this ...

PIC WELL PLACED AS ARDEN ACCLIMATISES TO TURKISH HEAT

Charles Pic will start from eighth place on the grid when the GP2 Series continues at Istanbul Park, Turkey, tomorrow. After acclimatising to the undulating, 3.317-mile track during this morning's free practice session, the Frenchman posted a 1m 35.411s lap that lifted him into the top six as qualifying drew towards its close. Two rivals' last-gasp improvements forced Pic to settle for eighth, however -- and that gives him a platform to maintain the form that has helped him to emerge as one of this season's likely title challengers.

Team-mate Rodolfo Gonzalez faces a tougher task on Saturday afternoon: he qualified 23rd but was penalised for blocking rival Michael Herck and will thus start 24th -- and last.

Charles:

"I was only 15th in free practice, but I lost a big chunk of time in sector two because my car was set too low for the uneven surface and the chassis kept bottoming out. The car was much better in the afternoon -- and I think that was true of my driving, too. I tried to improve my line at two corners where I'd made errors this morning and I think I managed, but the truth will emerge when we study the data.

"I dropped from sixth to eighth towards the end of qualifying, possibly because the car was still bottoming slightly through the higher-speed corners. Eighth might not be brilliant in the overall scheme of things, but I don't think it's too bad for my first time at this track. Many of the others have a slight edge, because they have been here before. More to the point, starting eighth gives me the chance to score a very good result and I know we have a good race set-up."

Rodolfo:

"I'm really disappointed. It's another qualifying session at the back of the field, but I have been able to make up positions in previous races and that will be my target again. It is all part of the learning process."

-source: arden

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez , Michael Herck , Charles Pic