Hiroki Yoshimoto's now almost legendary bad luck struck again on the opening day of the Monaco GP2 meeting, with the Japanese driver unable to practice or qualify for the series' blue riband event.

While BCN team-mate Ernesto Viso posted the third fastest time in free practice, Yoshimoto registered just one installation lap before his Dallara-Renault developed another engine problem, preventing him from completing the 30-minute session. The failure was diagnosed in the oil pump and, while the team may be able to fix it in time for Saturday afternoon's race, Yoshimoto's lack of track time on the trickiest circuit on the scheduled has provoked team boss Enrique Scalabroni to scratch his entry.

The team had hoped to use Viso's car to get the Japanese driver into the race in the final ten minutes of qualifying, but Viso's determination to post a quick time early on led to him crashing at Ste Devote. While the Venezuelan will have his machine rebuilt in time for the race - the only GP2 event this weekend - a frustrated Yoshimoto will be forced to watch.

"There is not much to say in those circumstances and there is nothing I can do," he sighed, "I'm really disappointed about this situation, although I know it was not a problem caused by the team nor by me. I don't have words, and everybody has to understand that I don't want to talk too much about this disaster."



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