GP2 – Pic Powers To Pole At The Nurburgring

July 23, 2011

GP 2

Frenchman steals top spot in closing minutes
 
Charles Pic claimed pole position for tomorrow’s feature race at the Nurburgring with a late surge against the run of play in this afternoon’s qualifying session: the Frenchman found time on his second set of tyres while his rivals struggled to squeeze his Addax car past Luca Filippi and Romain Grosjean for the top spot.
 
The Frenchman’s best time of 1:40.317 was set with four minutes remaining: Pic’s pole came by just 0.076 seconds as he left his rivals floundering in traffic as they tried in vain to better his time before the clock ran out.
 
Pic was the first man to set a competitive lap, but in short order Sam Bird and then Grosjean bettered his time, the latter driver doing so despite running wide through the gravel at the chicane on his hot lap. Traffic was playing havoc with a number of driver’s best efforts though, as Filippi looked set for the top spot with purple sectors 1 and 2 before slowing in the final sector, and Giedo van der Garde losing time similarly.
 
With most of the field returning to the pits for fresh tyres halfway through the session the Italian took a gamble and stayed out for one more lap, squeezing by Grosjean for the top spot by just 0.011 seconds to the delight of the pitwall at his new team Coloni: it meant that the Italian would have less laps on the second set, but it seemed to be a gamble worth taking.
 
And so it was, until Pic squeezed onto pole with four minutes remaining: Filippi improved his time next time round, but not by enough, while Grosjean and the others tripped over each other until the chequered flag was shown. Behind the top 3 were Jules Bianchi, van der Garde, Fabio Leimer, Alvaro Parente, Esteban Gutierrez, Marcus Ericsson and Luiz Razia. But with 17 drivers within a second of pole, tomorrow’s race has all the makings of a classic.
 
Nurburgring – Qualifying Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Pic
1:40.317
12
2.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:40.393
11
3.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:40.431
13
4.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:40.755
13
5.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:40.781
13
6.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:40.794
15
7.
Alvaro Parente
Carlin
1:40.803
14
8.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:40.817
13
9.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:40.859
12
10.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:40.968
14
11.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:40.970
12
12.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:40.998
12
13.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:41.059
12
14.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
1:41.101
12
15.
Adam Carroll
Super Nova Racing
1:41.141
12
16.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:41.166
13
17.
Kevin Mirocha
Ocean Racing Technology
1:41.268
13
18.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:41.354
11
19
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:41.356
12
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:41.489
14
21.
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
1:41.489
14
22.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:41.594
13
23.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:41.633
13
24.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:41.894
15
25.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:41.966
15
26.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:42.783
9
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