GP2 – Pic powers to pole at the Nurburgring

//GP2 – Pic powers to pole at the Nurburgring

GP2 – Pic powers to pole at the Nurburgring

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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 Barwa Addax Team 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

2018-07-17T23:46:46+00:00July 22nd, 2011|GP 2 series|