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GP Week : Issue 189
After being comprehensively trounced by Caterham teammate Giedo van der Garde in Monaco, Hungary and spa, Charles Pic was under no illusions that a small mammal had to be yanked firmly from his fedora if he was to keep his career on an upward trajectory. And that he did. Despite being out-qualified by his Dutch stable-mate, Pic made amends with a perfect getaway. By the time the Frenchman crossed the Rettifilo Tribune for the first time, he was within one -tenth of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas. “My start was good and I held position into turn one and was up with Bottas and pushing to keep pace with him” said Pic. “Up to the first pit stop I was just about keeping him range but then in the second stint he was a lot quicker and I simply didn’t have the pace to fight with him.” A potential late race altercation with the leaders saw Pic caught out at the first chicane while being lapped, but he was able time his eventual turn-in to Variante del Rettifilo without upsetting the dice unfolding around him, losing minimal time in the process. It was the sort of lateral-thinking master class that often goes unnoticed that far down the grid. “ W hen the blue flags started coming out we had to manage the traffic and that obviously cost us more time, but our pace meant we were able to cover off our nearest competitors one –stop strategy and that was a the main target today,” he explained. In contrast, teammate van der Garde was left to rue what would have been another chance to outshine Pic, but was philosophical in defeat. “It’s a shame, as my pace in the second stint was really good and I’d have had a chance to pass Charles, but sometimes these things happen – that’s racing,” said the Dutchman. With Caterham stealing a performance march on their direct opposition at Marussia, the race now will no doubt be directed towards overtaking Jules Bianchi, who currently enjoys a one -spot championship advantage over both Caterham drivers. Charles Pics his moment 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ITALY