Although he was subsequently elevated to the front row for Saturday's GP2 Series feature race in Barcelona, Alex Premat was less than pleased at missing pole position after dominating wet practice and the early stages of the timed session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Frenchman admitted to having had to change his driving style to cope with the revised GP2 car this season, but also pointed the finger at Arden rival Michael Ammermuller for blocking him on a fast run in qualifying. The pair have already clashed this season, with the German running into the back of the ART Grand Prix car under the safety car at Imola, although views on who was more to blame varied.

"For sure, qualifying was not so bad, but also not so good," Premat said, having been given the third fastest time of the session, "I'm a little bit unhappy because, all of the session, I dominated and was stronger than everybody. Then, when I got the third set of tyres, I found traffic and some people got to me, like Ammermuller, who I think is not a fair guy. He blocked me a lot and pushed me onto the grass. Okay, it's fun, but the other guys were a bit unfair."

The Frenchman has endured a troubled start to the campaign, with two no-scores in Valencia being followed by mixed results in each of the following two meetings. However, he insists that, having come to grips with the car, he now considers himself more of a threat for honours.

"For sure, the car is completely different, and the feeling is completely different, because it is more oversteer and you need to drive more aggressive," he explained, "To brake very late, to push the gas very early was not my way of driving last year. Because of this, it maybe took me too long to learn about the car this year, but here and at the Nurburgring I think I am have been very strong. Now I need to push for poles and to win races to come back in the championship against Lewis and Nelsinho.

"I am stronger since the beginning in Valencia and Imola, because I've learnt some things, and I hope to go into tomorrow and win the race. I think the three strongest people here are Nelsinho, Lewis and me, as we were all very strong in the session. I think Lewis had some problems in the first set with traffic, but was maybe more lucky with the third set. I think it was really good with Nelsinho, Lewis and me, but I think I was the rabbit through the session."



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