Charles Pic: Not your regular pay driver

Charles Pic: Not your regular pay driver

Charles Pic has earned an unfair reputation as a pay driver as he prepares for his grand prix debut with Marussia. But Edd Straw says there is a lot more to the Frenchman than just his financial backing

Charles Pic has only been out of the car for half-an-hour, yet he shows few of the stresses and strains that you might expect of a 22-year-old rookie who has just completed nigh on two grand prix distances on the first day of the Barcelona test.

The Frenchman's marathon stint of 121 laps driving the 2011 Virgin MVR-02, only 11 laps short of two full race lengths, is all part of the team's effort to even out a very steep learning curve for Pic, whose grand prix debut is less than a month away.

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