Pic takes pole in Abu Dhabi
4 February 2010 – Frenchman Charles Pic has clinched pole position for the Arden team ahead of Round 3 of the GP2 Asia Series in Abu Dhabi. The 19-year-old is joined on the front row by England's Oliver Turvey with the second iSport of Davide Valsecchi being pushed down to third. Jules Bianchi managed fourth for ART despite a gearbox problem.
Valsecchi was looking strong for pole until running wide at the final corner, allowing team-mate Turvey to push him off the front row. Pic's leading time came in the shape of 1:52.497, just under half a second quicker than team-mate Javier Villa who managed sixth after being confirmed by the team at late notice.
Thursday proved disastrous for Coloni, though; Will Bratt and Alberto Valerio occupy the grid's back row - the Englishman spun during the session, missing out on the 107% cut by two seconds, whereas the Brazilian failed to enter qualifying following a crash in practice and now seeks permission from race organisers to start.
Friday's third round of the championship begins at 6pm local time (GMT +4)