Istanbul: Clivio Piccione qualifying report

Clivio struggles with lack of grip and oversteer to qualify 20th On the new Istanbul Park Circuit in Bosporus, Turkey, Clivio battled with oversteer and a lack of traction in Qualifying for the first GP2 race of the weekend leaving him with the...

Clivio struggles with lack of grip and oversteer to qualify 20th

On the new Istanbul Park Circuit in Bosporus, Turkey, Clivio battled with oversteer and a lack of traction in Qualifying for the first GP2 race of the weekend leaving him with the 20th time of the day. He will start race 1 tomorrow from the 10th row of the grid.

In the 30 minute session Clivio changed tyres three times, using two new sets, in an effort to find grip and improve the set-up. Towards the end of the session the weather changed and it began to drizzle so Clivio was unable to improve on his last run.

Clivio:

"This was of course a very frustrating session. My main problem was in the fastest left corner of the track where I had big oversteer. It nearly caused me to go off twice. The tyres are only good for two laps and with this problem I was never able to make the most of the tyres before they went off.

Being a new track it is of course very dirty, there is a clean line but if you go off it there is lots of dust and dirt and it takes a couple of corners to clean the tyres again. I struggled with grip and so was unable to keep to the line for the full lap.

Although we changed the tyres three times to improve the set-up, the car was very difficult to handle and I just wasn't able to get one decent lap together, otherwise I would have been considerably more competitive. On my last run there was light rain so any grip advantages that there might have been due to all the rubber laid down in the session were lost and I had no chance to improve.

I will work hard with the engineers tonight to correct these problems before tomorrow's race. It is a long weekend and we have seen already that a lot can happen in a GP2 race so I'll put today's result behind me and concentrate on being as competitive as possible in the race tomorrow."

- www.cliviopiccione.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione