Vandoorne storms to second pole

ART Grand Prix man leads the charge in Monza

Vandoorne storms to second pole
Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer
Arthur Pic
Arthur Pic
Mitch Evans
Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne
Arthur Pic
Raffaele Marciello
Jolyon Palmer
2014 GP2 Series Round 8. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014.Arthur Pic

 Stoffel Vandoorne has claimed his second consecutive pole position with a spectacular late run with no reply from his rivals in this afternoon’s qualifying session in Monza: traffic and a yellow flag put the McLaren test driver on the top spot with a time of 1:31.707, ahead of this morning’s fastest driver Arthur Pic and Mitch Evans.

With heavy clouds hanging low over the dry circuit as the pitlane went green, the entire grid was immediately on track to take advantage of the conditions while they could. Pic set the first competitive time ahead of DAMS teammates Stéphane Richelmi and Jolyon Palmer at the five minute mark, with first Evans and then Vandoorne soon slipping past to sit just behind the Frenchman on the timesheets.

Palmer fought back to P2 before the drivers returned to the pits for fresh rubber, but it was clear that the fight was not over: on his return Evans came within 0.008 of Pic’s top spot before Vandoorne set a spectacular lap two tenths quicker than Pic and returned to the pits, confident that pole was his. Pic found traffic on his hot lap, and Palmer took to the inside kerb running into Parabolica in a desperate attempt to get by his rivals and improve his time, but when the yellow came out for stationary cars with a minute remaining the session was effectively over.

Vandoorne took the top spot by two tenths from a very disappointed Pic and Evans, who in turn led Palmer, Raffaele Marciello, Simon Trummer, Richelmi, Felipe Nasr, Julian Leal and André Negrao, all of whom will fancy their chances in tomorrow’s feature race.

Monza – Qualifying Session

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:31.707
2.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:31.926
3.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.934
4.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:32.010
5.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:32.124
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:32.137
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:32.150
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:32.310
9.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:32.343
10.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:32.354
11.
Rio Haryanto
Caterham Racing
1:32.361
12.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:32.385
13.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:32.412
14.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:32.413
15.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
1:32.419
16.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:32.422
17.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:32.435
18.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:32.473
19
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:32.483
20.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:32.486
21.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:32.533
22.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:32.624
23.
Pierre Gasly
Caterham Racing
1:32.826
24.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:32.881
25.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:32.912
26.
Sergio Campana
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:33.409

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