GP2 – Pic Powers To Monza Pole

September 10, 2011

GP 2

Charles Pic has claimed his third pole position of the year, pipping local hero Luca Filippi to the post (and handing the Italian his fourth P2 in a row in qualifying) in this afternoon’s scorching qualifying session in Monza, with Fabio Leimer claiming third with a time which was just one tenth off pole.

Pic’s best lap time of 1:32.349 took the wind out of his rivals’ sails just seven minutes into the session, although it wasn’t for a lack of trying: 19 drivers were within a second of pole on the fast, flowing circuit, but the Frenchman’s rivals were just unable to close the gap as the clock wound down to zero.
Filippi was determined to break his unwanted record of runner up positions in qualifying and soon set the fastest time: Leimer and then Romain Grosjean squeezed past at the top of the timesheets, but the Italian was soon back on top with what looked like an unassailable lap: unfortunately for him Pic had other ideas and snatched pole the next time through.
Filippi looked to have enough in the bank on the next lap, but when Esteban Gutierrez lost the rear and went backwards into the fence at the Ascari complex there was no choice but to back down, and the fight was over. Grosjean, Leimer and Alvaro Parente all ran wide in the closing minutes of the session as they looked for more speed, but the damage was done.
Parente and Grosjean follow the top three on the timesheets, ahead of Dani Clos, Christian Vietoris, Adam Carroll, Max Chilton and Sam Bird. The battle for the vice-champion took another twist when Giedo van der Garde and Jules Bianchi were unable to compete, finishing the session in P19 and P20 respectively. But tomorrow is another day, and we can expect the usual fireworks in the feature race in Monza.
Monza –Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Pic
1:32.349
13
2.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:32.460
13
3.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:32.485
15
4.
Alvaro Parente
Carlin
1:32.600
15
5.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:32.630
12
6.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:32.684
15
7.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
1:32.727
14
8.
Adam Carroll
Super Nova Racing
1:32.761
13
9.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:32.801
12
10.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:32.811
13
11.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:32.848
15
12.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:32.858
14
13.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:32.865
13
14.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:33.019
12
15.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:33.121
12
16.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:33.129
15
17.
Brendon Hartley
Ocean Racing Technology
1:33.183
14
18.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:33.206
14
19
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:33.293
16
20.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:33.297
13
21.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:33.452
15
22.
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
1:33.571
14
23.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:33.646
15
24.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
1:34.150
14
25.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:35.228
3
26.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:39.190
6
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