Bianchi P1 at Monza

Well, I must confess Jules Bianchi and the ART team have stunned me by taking pole at Monza this afternoon.  Great job from Sam Bird as well, taking P2.

After questioning the team’s decision to bring Bianchi back, the French driver has very duly proven me wrong by putting his Dallara on top for the race at the legendary Italian track.   The second row goes to D’Ambrosio, continuing his good form after a strong but unfortunate Spa race and responding to pressure from his new teammate, and Oliver Turvey – who is keen to pull off a strong end to his rookie GP2 season.

Also well positioned are the 2 series returnees, Parente and Grosjean, sharing the third row for tomorrow’s feature race.    Side by side as well are the 2 championship leaders, with Pérez barely edging out Pastor Maldonado.   Dani Clos, after a week of intensive recovery from his Spa accident, was able to slot in just ahead of teammate Christian Vietoris in 9th position.

As expected, newcomers Piscopo and Hartley struggled to get the hang of a GP2 car at Monza, with the Italian qualifying in P24 behind Max Chilton.

Giedo van der Garde, fastest in the morning’s practice session, had a hydraulic pump brake failure on his second lap, but was at least capable enough of posting a similar time to this morning.   The pole time from Bianchi was almost half a second quicker than Giedo’s top time this morning.

Times (from Italiaracing):

1. Jules Bianchi – ART – 1’30″269
2. Sam Bird – ART – 1’30″311
3. Jerome D’Ambrosio – Dams – 1’30″366
4. Oliver Turvey – iSport – 1’30″468
5. Alvaro Parente – Coloni – 1’30″474
6. Romain Grosjean – Dams – 1’30″542
7. Sergio Perez – Addax – 1’30″555.
8.Pastor Maldonado – Rapax – 1’30″675
9. Dani Clos – Racing Engineering – 1’30″682
10. Christian Vietoris – Racing Engineering – 1’30″687
11. Luca Filippi – Super Nova – 1’30″691
12. Davide Valsecchi – iSport – 1’30″714
13. Fabrizio Crestani – DPR – 1’30″801
14. Giedo Van der Garde – Addax – 1’30″894.
15. Luiz Razia – Rapax – 1’31″107
16. Charles Pic – Arden – 1’31″131
17. Adrian Zaugg – Trident – 1’31″246
18. Fabio Leimer – Ocean – 1’31″255
19. Marcus Ericsson – Super Nova – 1’31″372
20. Rodolfo Gonzalez – Arden – 1’31″439
21.Michael Herck – DPR – 1’31″458.
22. Brendon Hartley – Coloni – 1’31″601
23.Max Chilton – Ocean – 1’31″667
24. Edoardo Piscopo – Trident – 1’32″100

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One Response to Bianchi P1 at Monza

  1. sauber11 says:

    http://www.422race.com/2010/esclusivo-la-gp2-diventera-serie-junior-della-f1/
    Article about possible new gp2 teams.
    Durango and DPR out for sure , Lotus,Manor,Mucke or Carlin to replace. No Meritus.

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