Pic tops wet GP2 qualifying

Arden rookie Charles Pic will start tomorrow's GP2 Series feature race from pole after topping an eventful wet qualifying session at Hockenheim

Pic tops wet GP2 qualifying

A restart with four and a half minutes remaining made for a frantic end to the session, with provisional polesitter Adrian Zaugg of Trident seeing his time bettered by Pastor Maldonado (Rapax), iSport's Oliver Turvey and finally Pic in the last minute, with the Frenchman's 1m41.638s putting him 0.268 seconds clear of series leader Maldonado.

Turvey held on to third and will start alongside Addax's Sergio Perez, who vaulted up from 20th in the final moments, with Zaugg, Racing Engineering's Dani Clos, Rapax's Luiz Razia and Super Nova's Marcus Ericsson completing the top eight.

The session was interrupted twice by red flags, the first coming out when Ocean's Max Chilton spun and stalled on the main straight. The Briton had been an impressive fourth at the time but was eventually shuffled back to 15th, and the team's misery was completed with Fabio Leimer slid into the barriers while Chilton's car was being recovered.

The second red flag was prompted by iSport's Davide Valsecchi and ART's Sam Bird crashing almost simultaneously at different parts of the circuit, and the duo will start from 19th and 22nd respectively.

Romain Grosjean was on target for a front row start in his comeback race for most of the session, but dropped back through the field in the late scramble and ended up 13th for DAMS.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Charles Pic Arden 1m41.638s 2. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1m41.906s + 0.268s 3. Oliver Turvey iSport 1m42.023s + 0.385s 4. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax 1m42.363s + 0.725s 5. Adrian Zaugg Trident 1m42.470s + 0.832s 6. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering 1m42.617s + 0.979s 7. Luiz Razia Rapax 1m42.922s + 1.284s 8. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova 1m42.945s + 1.307s 9. Jules Bianchi ART 1m43.008s + 1.370s 10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 1m43.234s + 1.596s 11. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m43.335s + 1.697s 12. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1m43.337s + 1.699s 13. Romain Grosjean DAMS 1m43.402s + 1.764s 14. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m43.504s + 1.866s 15. Max Chilton Ocean 1m43.507s + 1.869s 16. Michael Herck DPR 1m43.607s + 1.969s 17. Alberto Valerio Coloni 1m43.694s + 2.056s 18. Davide Valsecchi iSport 1m44.162s + 2.524s 19. Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 1m44.173s + 2.535s 20. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m44.279s + 2.641s 21. Vlado Arabadjiev Coloni 1m44.289s + 2.651s 22. Sam Bird ART 1m44.487s + 2.849s 23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden 1m44.700s + 3.062s 24. Fabio Leimer Ocean 1m46.373s + 4.735s 
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