Clivio Piccione was forced to retire from Race 2 after struggling with a brake problem and was unable to convert his first pole position of the GP2 series into a second win. From his first pole position on the GP2 grid, Clivio had too much ...
Clivio Piccione was forced to retire from Race 2 after struggling with a brake problem and was unable to convert his first pole position of the GP2 series into a second win.
From his first pole position on the GP2 grid, Clivio had too much wheelspin at the start and was in 5th position by the first corner. Rosberg took an early lead and dominated the race from the start ahead of BCN Competition driver, Yoshimoto. Behind the Japanese driver, the field was very close. Clivio had a problem with the brakes which caused him to run wide, particularly in turns 3 and 5, and left him unable to defend his line.
Kovalainen was the first to seize his opportunity to pass Clivio. While the Monegasque driver defended his position at length from the DAMS of Lopez, eventually the inevitable happened and both Lopez and Premat passed the Durango driver.
After Lapierre passed Clivio for 8th position, Clivio developed a flat spot on his front left tyre. On lap 21, the decision was taken to pit for new tyres and change the nose cone which was damaged in one of the on-track mêlées. As the Durango driver rejoined the track he was able to post two fast laps before the brake problem resurfaced. In 19th position with two laps to go, Clivio retired into the pits.
Clivio: "This was obviously a frustrating race for me especially having started from pole. The brake problem was evident from the start, every time I tried to push I went straight passed the braking point and ran wide. I tried to defend as best as possible but it was pretty much impossible and the field behind me was really close. As I was trying to push, I nearly went off a few times. Then I got a big flat spot on the tyre so we decided the best thing was to come into the pits to change them. I rejoined the track in 19th position but wanted to try to post as many fast laps as I could. The car was okay for two laps then the brake problem came back again. There was then really no option but to retire into the pits. We've had problems all weekend but this is the first time we haven't really been able to identify them. But in a few days time, we're back on track in Silverstone so I'm already looking forward."
NOTE: Clivio was subsequently disqualified for changing his tyres.