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Cecotto gives Trident second GP2 pole
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Cecotto gives Trident second GP2 pole

Johnny Cecotto has given Trident their second ever GP2 pole position thanks to a laptime of 1:15.312 set in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The Venezuelan came out on top of a close session with Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr a hairsbreadth from him and the twenty-six cars separated by only 1.3s.

The track conditions were blustery as the pitlane opened, but the laptimes tumbled down rapidly as the drivers feared the grey skies would open and ruin their chances to set a time. Stoffel Vandoorne topped the timesheet early into the session, but Cecotto was firmly set on taking today’s pole position and he lapped the track under 1m16s.

Series leader Palmer went quickest, but it would not be enough: Cecotto found some extra pace and improved on the Briton’s laptime by one tenth. With twenty minutes left of the clock, it was everybody’s mission to go faster than 1:15.312. Palmer tried his mightiest but failed for a shy 0.04s.

After the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh set of Soft Pirelli tyres, the action lit up again for a final shoot out. Rookie Raffaele Marciello was able to move up to third, but his teammate Stefano Coletti did better. In the dying minutes, Nasr who pushed hard all session long was eventually able to find a clear lap. Nevertheless, his final attempt saw him finish third – 0.006s slower than Palmer.

Behind the top three, the Racing Engineering pair ended fourth and fifth, Coletti ahead of Marciello. Vandoorne, Arthur Pic, Mitch Evans, Alexander Rossi and Stéphane Richelmi rounded up the top ten.

 

GP2 Series - Red Bull Ring - Qualifying

PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Johnny CecottoTrident1:15.31217
2Jolyon PalmerDAMS1:15.35215
3Felipe NasrCarlin1:15.35818
4Stefano ColettiRacing Engineering1:15.44317
5Raffaele MarcielloRacing Engineering1:15.44918
6Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix1:15.48117
7Arthur PicCampos Racing1:15.60817
8Mitch EvansRT RUSSIAN TIME1:15.61417
9Alexander RossiEQ8 Caterham Racing1:15.64417
10Stéphane RichelmiDAMS1:15.66416
11André NegraoArden International1:15.77316
12Julian LealCarlin1:15.78416
13Rio HaryantoEQ8 Caterham Racing1:15.81116
14Adrian Quaife-HobbsRapax1:15.92716
15Tio EllinasMP Motorsport1:15.96415
16Sergio CanamasasTrident1:16.03416
17Takuya IzawaART Grand Prix1:16.09217
18Artem MarkelovRT RUSSIAN TIME1:16.13617
19Daniel AbtHilmer Motorsport1:16.24619
20Kimiya SatoCampos Racing1:16.27417
21Rene BinderArden International1:16.33117
22Daniiel De JongMP Motorsport1:16.33414
23Facu RegaliaHilmer Motorsport1:16.49718
24Simon TrummerRapax1:16.53117
25Conor DalyVenezuela GP Lazarus1:16.53914
26Nathanaël BerthonVenezuela GP Lazarus1:16.65416
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