Gasly edges Evans for maiden pole

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Pierre Gasly has edged Mitch Evans in Qualifying to take his maiden pole position in GP2, one year after making his debut in the Series.

It was déjà vu at the start of the session when Sergey Sirotkin was the first driver to set a benchmark lap time, just like he did in Practice earlier in the day.

RUSSIAN TIME’s Mitch Evans took control of Qualifying soon after and sat at the top of the standings with his time of 1:31.424. Stoffel Vandoorne, Pierre Gasly, Alex Lynn and Sergey Sirotkin sat behind the New Zealander at the midway point.

Racing Engineering’s Alexander Rossi and Hilmer Motorsport’s Simon Trummer were the only drivers to exploit the empty track with 15 minutes to go. Rossi improved only to 15th – but later jumped up to P10 – while Trummer remained in 21st.

Few improvements were made in the closing minutes of the session. Pierre Gasly was the biggest mover as the Frenchman jumped up from P3 to pole position and sealed his first ever race start from the front of the pack.

Mitch Evans qualified second on the grid ahead of Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne who was two tenths off the ultimate pace set by Gasly.

Position Driver Team Gap
1 P. Gasly DAMS 1:31.272
2 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 0.152
3 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 0.206
4 A. Lynn DAMS 0.343
5 S. Sirotkin Rapax 0.368
6 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 0.626
7 A. Pic Campos Racing 0.666
8 R. Stanaway Status Grand Prix 0.713
9 S. Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 0.728
10 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 0.742
11 R. Marciello Trident 0.799
12 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 0.828
13 R. Visoiu Rapax 0.883
14 J. Leal Carlin 0.887
15 N. Nato Arden International 0.902
16 J. Cecotto Trident 0.904
17 J. King Racing Engineering 1.011
18 A. Negrão Arden International 1.114
19 J. Mardenborough Carlin 1.126
20 R. Binder MP Motorsport 1.175
21 M. Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 1.347
22 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1.365
23 S. Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1.522
24 P. Niederhauser Daiko Team Lazarus 1.641
25 M. Van Buuren MP Motorsport 1.854
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