Clivio Piccione had a frustrating start to Round 5 of the GP2 series at Magny Cours and will start tomorrow's race from 22nd on the grid due to mechanical problems with his car. On his first outing at the Circuit de Nevers, Clivio took to the...
Clivio Piccione had a frustrating start to Round 5 of the GP2 series at Magny Cours and will start tomorrow's race from 22nd on the grid due to mechanical problems with his car.
On his first outing at the Circuit de Nevers, Clivio took to the track early for the morning Free Practice session with the aim of learning the circuit and finding a good set-up for Qualifying. The Monegasque driver experienced problems with traction and oversteer throughout the session which saw him finish 18th on the morning timesheets.
The Durango team was confident of correcting the problems and worked solidly on the car until the thirty minute Qualifying session was due to get underway at 15:30. As the session started, a last minute decision was taken to adjust the fuel which meant Clivio was the final man to take to the track. On his first flying lap, it became clear the earlier problems had not been resolved and Clivio spun on track at the final chicane. Nine minutes into the session, Clivio came in for a long pitstop to change fuel and tyres while the team also made adjustments to the front and rear suspension and nose cone height.
Clivio rejoined the action in 22nd position and his progress was continually hampered by the recurrent traction and oversteer problems. He postest his fastest lap of the day five laps into his second outing before retiring to the pits a minute before the session officially ended.
Clivio: "This morning was very difficult as I didn't feel comfortable with the car and I had problems with traction and oversteer right throughout the session. The team worked really hard to resolve the problem before Qualifying and we made the decision to run with low fuel to try and get a fast lap in early. Unfortunately, I still had the same problems when I got out on track as the car was reaching its limit too quickly and I spun in the chicane on my first flying lap.
After the pitstop, the car was still very unpredictable and I had to really think hard about every single corner. I was losing a lot of time in the mid-speed corners and only managed one clear flying lap in the second outing which ended up being my fastest time of the day.
We have a lot of work to do now to find a solution before the race tomorrow but we also have nothing to lose. I've seen races won from my position on the grid and everything is possible with these long races. I hope I can salvage something tomorrow and we have to get the car on top form and consistent for the race. Qualifying is one thing and racing is something else."