Pic manager Panis happy with rookie’s progress

Olivier Panis (FRA) and Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team walk the track. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Preparations, Shanghai, China, Thursday 12 April 2012.

Olivier Panis with Charles Pic

Apr.30 (GMM) Olivier Panis is happy with the early progress of French rookie Charles Pic’s 2012 F1 world championship season.

Panis, the 1996 Monaco grand prix winner and veteran of over 150 formula one races, now manages the career of 22-year-old Pic on behalf of the Lagardere group.

“I had the chance to talk with Ron Dennis on the grid,” the former Toyota racer and McLaren test driver Panis told RMC, “as he had come to see him (Pic).

“It shows that nobody is indifferent to what he is doing so far.”

Panis, 45, revealed that Pic is also spending “a lot of time” in McLaren’s driver simulator, thanks to the technical agreement between Marussia and McLaren.

“He is building an image slowly, which is positive. He has earned the respect of the paddock, and now we have to continue,” Panis added.