NO JOY FROM MAGNY COURS FOR DPR DIREXIV After some strong race performances and finishes prior to the summer break, and a good, positive test at Paul Ricard just a few weeks ago, it seemed to be a return to the dark days of the early part of the...
NO JOY FROM MAGNY COURS FOR DPR DIREXIV
After some strong race performances and finishes prior to the summer break, and a good, positive test at Paul Ricard just a few weeks ago, it seemed to be a return to the dark days of the early part of the GP2 season as neither DPR driver managed to shine brightly over the French Grand Prix weekend.
Encouraged by 4th place in free practice on his return to racing after a broken wrist, Olivier Pla was unfortunately unable to capitalise on this in qualifying. Both he and Clivio Piccione made mistakes which saw them have off-track excursions and leave them with challenging grid positions. Starting from 24th on the grid, Clivio finished the first, longer race relatively unscathed in 13th place, despite a knock from Filippi in the opening stages of the race which put him off the track.
Olivier, starting from 17th , climbed as high as 3rd before the pit stops, but finished a disappointing 18th . His only highlight in the latter stages was passing Lewis Hamilton! In today's sprint race, Piccione made a great start and climbed as high as 5th in the early laps before a broken front suspension component which affected his car's steering put paid to his hopes of a finish, let alone one in the points.
Pla climbed from 18th to 9th , but was unable to challenge for a higher finish in the final classification.
As Monegasque driver Piccione noted, "It's hard to recover when you have a bad start [talking of yesterday], and I'm disappointed not to bring any points back from this weekend. Nothing has really changed to make me like Magny Cours any more than I did before, but we learned a lot again and will use that knowledge towards improving further at the next races."
A disappointed David Price commented after the races. "While we had a difficult weekend, I suppose we shouldn't despair too much as there are others who had a far worse one. From Clivio's point of view, he got better all weekend which was encouraging, especially as this is a circuit he admits he doesn't like. We now have to look forward to Hockenheim where, of course, Olivier scored our second win of the 2005 season. Let's hope we can repeat DPR's success there this year."