Pic takes suprising Abu Dhabi pole
February 4, 2010 14 Comments
Arden’s Charles Pic (ex-RDD driver) took a suprise pole today at Abu Dhabi, in qualifying for tomorrow’s feature race. Reports indicate that Luca Filippi was on track to be on top and repeat his free practice pole, but his Meritus Dallara stopped on track during the session. Davide Valsecchi was able to stay up in the timesheets, topped only by Pic and team mate Oliver Turvey. Rookie Jules Bianchi closes out the second row, while his ART team mate was not able to stay within the top five, finishing 6th.
Arden closed out a good day overall, with GP2 veteran Javi Villa taking a 5th place grid spot. The Barwa duo, probably a bit lower than expeced, with Perez 10th and Giedo 12th.
Surprising qualifying from Alexander Rossi, switching to Meritus for this weekend, but his time was disallowed as he was found to be underweight, and will be pushed from 5th down to the last spot. Also surprising were Giacomo Ricci, 8th – usually at the back of the field with his DPR – and Arabadzhiev, placing his Rapax (ex-Piquet GP) car in 14th, ahead of higher-rated drivers like Dani Clos Ericsson and F3000 champ Will Bratt. Alberto Valerio was not able to take place in qualifying, after his practice shunt.
What looked like a good day for GP2-Asia only team Meritus has turned into a terrible weekend, with both cars towards the rear. The team will be hard-pressed to fight for any points this weekend, and Filipi will see his strong championship position challenged, as current rival Valsecchi is solidly at the top of the grid.
Times from Autosport:
1. Charles Pic Arden 1m52.497s 2. Oliver Turvey iSport 1m52.517s 3. Davide Valsecchi iSport 1m52.603s 4. Jules Bianchi ART 1m52.842s 5. Javier Villa Arden 1m52.979s 6. Sam Bird ART 1m53.003s 7. Edoardo Piscopo DAMS 1m53.086s 8. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m53.134s 9. Christian Vietoris DAMS 1m53.183s 10. Sergio Perez Addax 1m53.407s 11. Daniel Zampieri Rapax 1m53.491s 12. Giedo van der Garde Addax 1m53.509s 13. Fabio Leimer Ocean 1m53.611s 14. Josef Kral Super Nova 1m53.685s 15. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Rapax 1m53.687s 16. Dani Clos Trident 1m53.982s 17. Max Chilton Ocean 1m54.036s 18. Michael Herck DPR 1m54.074s 19. Luca Filippi Meritus 1m54.121s 20. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova 1m54.723s 21. Plamen Kralev Trident 1m58.274s 22. Will Bratt Coloni 2m02.517s 23. Alberto Valerio Coloni 24. Alexander Rossi Meritus time disallowed