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Italian driver Edoardo Piscopo experienced a positive GP2 debut at Abu Dhabi, in the first round of the 2009-2010 Asia Series. On the Emirates track, the 21-year-old took a stunning 5th place in practice, before staying comfortably into the top-10 during race days.

On qualifying, Edoardo took the 11th spot, and ended up Race 1 in 9th, battling for the pole on Race 2 in a three way fight with Oliver Turvey and Roldan Rodriguez. On race 2, he improved further, ending up in 7th and proving himself as a contender among the series’ best rookies.

“I’m really satisfied with how my first GP2 Series weekend looked like. The car is absolutely great, and there’s still good room for improvement. I’m definitely looking forward to the next race, scheduled for February. It’s quite some time from now, and we’ll have to stay focused to prepare at our best”.

Last weekend’s Formula 2 race has been one to forget for Edoardo Piscopo at Imola. Running in the Italian race of the 2009 championship, Piscopo has been hit by technical issues again. On the two races, he respectively scored his 7th DNF due to mechanical problems in 7 events, while he was forced to recover on Race 2 by a grid penalty, showcasing a masterful passing ability despite a set-up problem. Edoardo will be back ontrack on September 18 at Monza, in the Italian round of the 2009 Formula 3000.

“It’s been another tough weekend. In practice I ended up in 11th and 8th place, but technical issues slowed me down or stopped from then on for all the two days. I did everything I could and I tried so hard, but that’s how it ended up. I look forward to the next race, in the Euroseries 3000 at Monza”.

Edoardo Piscopo ended up a troubled Fomula 2 weekend at Oschersleben by adding another points finish to his championship. The Italian was hit once again by mechanical issues in qualifying 1, when he was forced to the back by a gearbox issue. After losing his chances to fight for the top-5 on Qualifying for Race 2 due to a red flag, he ran into deeper troubles when he suffered from a clutch failure at the start of Race 1, and was forced to take off from the pitlane. At the end of the day, Piscopo climbed up to 12th, before battling his way up to 8th on Race 2, showing once again huge determination and impressive passing skills. Heading on the for the upcoming round at Imola, Edoardo is eager to show his true potential in front of the home crowd.

“I’m sorry to have seen a potentially good weekend, as shown on practice, conditioned by technical issues. Qualifying has been tough, as I was slowed down on the first session by gearbox issues, and then hit by a red flag during my last and only clean lap. On Race 1 things went even worse when a clutch problem sent me from the pits, where I had to be push-started. I tried to do what I could to get back, but on such a small racetrack like Oschersleben chances were really limited. On Race 2 I managed to climb up to eight thanks to a good start and a couple of fine moves, scoring another point. I’m sure people at home had fun, but I’m really looking forward to a quieter round at Imola, on one of my favourite racetrack.”

Edoardo PiscopoAt Brands Hatch, Edoardo Piscopo entered the fourth round of the 2009 Formula Two season, scoring two points finishes.

Unfortunately, race results were totally overshadowed by a terrible accident that claimed the life of F.2 contender Henry Surtees. The British driver was hit by a flying wheel after a crash at Sheene, and passed away aged 18, in a total shock for motorsports fans and insiders.

“It’s a great tragedy, and we’re all shocked for what happened. It’s been a really unfortunate accident that could have happened to anyone of us. Henry was a good guy and a great driver and, in these terrible moments, my thoughts are with the Surtees family”

“I ended up both races in the points zone, but results mean nothing after what happened. Being back on-track at Donington will be tough for everybody”.

Edoardo Piscopo eventually cruised to a points finish in the first event of the brand-new FIA Formula 2 Championship. Edoardo made a quick start in practice at Autodromo Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The Italian then qualified in 3rd and 6th row for the two races. “Practice went on really good – told Piscopo – even better than I expected. In Qualifying 1 I was quite satisfied by 7th place, while in the second session I was heavily conditioned by traffic. With such a soft tire, you only get one shot to the pole, and the fact that so many cars are covered by a small gap doesn’t help”

On Race1, the Williams JPH1 driven by Piscopo completed just a few kilometers, stopping with a mechanical problem. The second race brought Edoardo to a good comeback: he climbed up to 7th, then kept position until the finish “I faced a really hard luck on Race 1 as I was stopped by a problem. On Race 2 i managed to put together a decent recovery up to 7th place. I tried to find my way past Aleshin, but there was not enough speed differential for a move, especially at Valencia. Seventh place is a good start though. I’m confidently looking forward to the next event at Brno”

Edoardo Piscopo finally made his choice for the 2008 Season. The Italian driver is set to enter next year’s Champ Car Atlantic Series, partnering with Eurointernational. The team owned by Antonio Ferrari, that gave Edoardo the chance to debut in the American Formula BMW, is a first timer in the series too. At the same time, Edoardo will continue his partnership with the Italian A1GP Team.

“I’m very excited to be back with Eurointernational, as they gave me the first opportunity to step up from go-kart racing. The team – directed by Antonio Ferrari – is also a second family to me. The Champ Car Atlantic series proved to feature an high-level competition, but I’m excited by the new challenge; the United States are also a very fascinating country, and I think I’ll have a good time there. The 2008 season will be tough, but we’ll be starting to prepare early. We hope we’ll have the chance to fight at the top; of course, testing will be vital, and we plan to start very soon…”.