Monaco: DPR Direxiv race report

Piccione opens points account for DPR Direxiv Monegasque driver, Clivio Piccione, finished a strong 4th place in today's GP2 race at Monaco, scoring his and the DPR Direxiv - team's first points of the season. After the disappointment ...

Piccione opens points account for DPR Direxiv

Monegasque driver, Clivio Piccione, finished a strong 4th place in today's GP2 race at Monaco, scoring his and the DPR Direxiv - team's first points of the season. After the disappointment of Barcelona, which promised so much and ultimately delivered little, today's result was a great morale boost for the British team in the lead up to their home race at Silverstone - the GP2 Series' next port of call.

Piccione's French team mate, Olivier Pla, had a miserable Monaco weekend and, after running in 3rd place in the opening laps, ended up in the barriers at the exit of the Swimming Pool. He had hit the kerbs heavily on the entry to the corner, but didn't have the strength in his hand (due to an injured thumb sustained in an accident with Viso in qualifying yesterday) to hang onto the steering wheel and his race went no further.

David Price had a typically wry view on the day's events: "It was a good result for us and a relief to get some points at last. We finished where we qualified which is probably quite normal here and about all we could hope for. We now move forward to Silverstone and obviously hope to pick up where we left off there last year, winning again. As for Olivier, we are thinking of taping a horseshoe onto his overalls for the next race to give him a bit of luck."

For Piccione, delight at scoring points was tempered with disappointment that he was not able to make it a podium finish on his home ground. "I'm happy, but would have been happier if I was on the podium. I made a great start and moved up to 4th by the first corner and then got past Olivier who was struggling and crashed at the same place I crashed last year. From there on I ran my own race and was running in 3rd , just trying to put in some consistent lap times. After my pit stop I held onto 4th but was starting to struggle with gear selection problems going down the box. I nearly crashed twice going into the first corner; it was really close."

-dpr

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Clivio Piccione , Olivier Pla , David Price