GP2 – Pic Heads Addax 1-2 In Qualifying

June 25, 2011

GP 2

Charles Pic pipped teammate Giedo van der Garde for pole position in tomorrow’s feature race in Valencia, claiming the top spot in the final minute of this afternoon’s qualifying session to complete the front row for Addax at their home circuit just before Romain Grosjean found the wall from P3 and brought the session to an end.
 
Pic crossed the line just seconds before his countryman’s accident with a time of 1:46.675, stealing pole from his teammate by just 0.052. Grosjean’s best lap was also within a tenth of the top spot in a session where the action was just as hot as the scorching temperature.
 
A black cat ran across the circuit just as the lights went green to release the field, but if anyone was worried that it was an ill omen they were soon proved wrong: Jules Bianchi, Sam Bird, Grosjean, Pic and Esteban Gutierrez claimed and re-claimed the top spot as they all looked for an advantage on the tight and twisty circuit.
 
But it was van der Garde who looked to have a lock on the session with a scintillating lap just before halfway, with his rivals forced to concede and return for a new set of tyres and a chance to find some improvement. Most of the field were back out a few minutes later as Johnny Cecotto spun and stopped at turn 2, bringing out the red flags and annoying those who were on their hot laps.
 
With only a few minutes remaining once the session went live, the drivers was soon tripping over each other in pursuit of a clean lap: a number of them found the pace for a fast sector, but it looked as though no one was going to be able to string them together until Pic stunned the pitlane with a super lap with 2 minutes remaining.
 
Grosjean was in P3 and hoping for more, but he pushed just too hard: the Frenchman ran over the kerbs and slid into the wall, prompting the red flags as the clock ran down to zero. He will start alongside Luca Filippi tomorrow, with Gutierrez, Bird, Dani Clos and Davide Valsecchi just behind them. And with 13 drivers within a second of pole, and 25 within 2 seconds, the action promises to be even more torrid in the race tomorrow afternoon.
 
Valencia – Qualifying session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Pic
1:46.675
11
2.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:46.727
11
3.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:46.771
11
4.
Luca Filippi
Super Nova Racing
1:46.953
13
5.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:46.995
11
6.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:47.016
11
7.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:47.041
12
8.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:47.129
12
9.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:47.337
12
10.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:47.417
11
11.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:47.418
12
12.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:47.451
12
13.
Alvaro Parente
Carlin
1:47.752
12
14.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:47.802
10
15.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
1:47.875
12
16.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:47.963
12
17.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:48.032
11
18.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:48.056
12
19
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:48.234
12
20.
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
1:48.337
8
21.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:48.527
14
22.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:48.601
10
23.
Kevin Ceccon
Scuderia Coloni
1:48.631
11
24.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:48.716
11
25.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:48.768
12
26.
Kevin Mirocha
Ocean Racing Technology
1:48.972
13
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