Istanbul: Clivio Piccione preview

Clivio eager to race in Turkey After the long summer break, Clivio Piccione is eager to get back behind the wheel of his Durango GP2 car and take to the new Istanbul Park circuit in Bosporus, Turkey on 19th-21st August. The state-of-the-art...

Clivio eager to race in Turkey

After the long summer break, Clivio Piccione is eager to get back behind the wheel of his Durango GP2 car and take to the new Istanbul Park circuit in Bosporus, Turkey on 19th-21st August.

The state-of-the-art Istanbul Park was designed by Hermann Tilke and is the latest venue to be added to both the Formula 1 and GP2 calendars. Going into Round 9 in Turkey, Clivio currently lies in 12th position in the GP2 Championship with 14 points.

Clivio explains:

"After four races in one month, it's been great to have a break but I can't wait to get back on track and race again. After a few days holiday, I was itching to get back behind the wheel again, so I took my frustrations out on the kart track instead with some friends! I also used the time to complete an intensive endurance training programme in England with my fitness trainer, Bernie Shrosbree. We spent four hours a day for a week either cycling, canoeing or hiking to focus my stamina and strength for the next two races.

I can't wait to get back in my car again this weekend and I'm really looking forward to racing in Turkey for the first time. The Istanbul Park circuit sounds very similar to Spa Francorchamps as it combines lots of uphill and downhill sections with high changes of altitude and fast corners, rather like a rollercoaster. There are also plenty of opportunities to overtake so it should be a pretty competitive as well as a physically demanding circuit. With potentially 150,000 people watching from the grandstands, it's going to be incredible!

This will be the first time at the circuit for everyone so we are all in the same boat. There's no testing or race data available so the Friday practice session will be the first time GP2 cars will take to the track and we will all be starting from scratch. Finding the right set-up early on will be crucial and I'm hoping the car will adapt quickly to the track and we won't have much fine-tuning to do before Qualifying. After the last race in Hungary, we proved the car is fast so now we have to work hard to get up front in Qualifying and turn our speed into a top five grid slot. If we have a strong Qualifying position, I'm confident we can bring home some big points this weekend and hopefully secure another victory."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione