Ryan Sharp will start 13th for the GP2 Series' first ever race, with team-mate Olivier Pla two places further back after the DPR team was hit hard by technical problems at Imola.

However, while disappointed with the outcome of the afternoon's 30-minute qualifier session, the David Price-run team was thankful that it had not been as bad as the morning's one and only practice session. Neither of the turquoise-and-white Dallara were able to complete a lap after both cut out on track due to electrical problems that struck shortly after leaving the pits.

However, DPR was not alone as, of the 24 GP2 cars, 16 suffered from reliability issues in practice, with six unable to set a time.

"It's obviously really disappointing," Price confirmed, "The guys were here until three this morning, fitting new electrical parts so, when our two cars were the first to stop, I thought that perhaps we'd done something wrong. But then, one by one, the majority of the field had similar problems, so at least we know it wasn't just us!

"Having no practice time meant that we were effectively running blind in qualifying, especially as far as set-up on the cars was concerned - and Olivier hadn't even seen the track before!

"We did have three sets of tyres to use, as we hadn't used any in practice, so we had three attempts at a quick lap, but there just wasn't enough time to do what we wanted. With Olivier's stop to be weighed and a seized wheel nut on Ryan's car during one of the tyre changes, we just ran out of time."

"Bearing all that in mind, and considering his lack of track time, I have to say that Ryan didn't do too bad a job. However, tomorrow's 37-lap race will be a considerable test for the technical reliability of the cars, and the outcome is hard to predict. Sunday's 17-lapper might give a fairer indication of where we all are - we shall have to wait and see."

 

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