DPR Duo Left Disappointed

DPR drivers Ryan Sharp and Olivier Pla were disappointed to have little to show for for their efforts after a gearbox problem and an impact with the guardrail respectively brought their qualifying sessions to a halt

DPR Duo Left Disappointed

When asked about the problem, which brought his car to a smoking halt, Sharp said: "I think the internals of the gearbox are now external ­ - we can see straight through it."

The Scot acknowledged that he had high hopes for tomorrow's race before the session, noting: "I was P5 this morning and Olivier was P1, so I think the potential was there.

"It's going to be another tough weekend for us, but I'd rather be disappointed with a lost advantage than running around in 15th and knowing I couldn't go any faster." 

Pla was fast all day, but clipped the barrier at Portier on the approach to the tunnel, and his session was over.
 
"It was a shame because I was going even quicker than before on that lap, and I had so much confidence in the car and was really able to push, but I just caught the barrier," Pla said.

"The damage isn't too bad, but I lost pole there for sure."

Nevertheless the Frenchman will line up fourth on the grid tomorrow, which is his best qualifying result this year: "Yes, and fourth isn't so bad on my first time here, so I'm looking okay for tomorrow I think. We'll just have to see what happens with the pitstops."

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