Silverstone F3.5: Fittipaldi takes double pole for opener

Pietro Fittipaldi will start both races of the 2017 Formula V8 3.5 Silverstone season-opener on pole, expertly taking advantage of a drying track in both qualifying sessions.

Silverstone F3.5: Fittipaldi takes double pole for opener
Pietro Fittipaldi, Lotus
Pietro Fittipaldi, Lotus
Yu Kanamaru, RP Motorsport
Alfonso Celis Jr., Fortec Motorsports
Diego Menchaca, Fortec Motorsports
Konstantin Tereshchenko, Teo Martin Motorsport

As track conditions improved over the course of the first session, Fittipaldi’s last lap was well-timed to give the Brazilian his first pole position, with a 1m41.660s ahead of teammate Rene Binder.

The two Lotus drivers head the AVF-run SMP Racing duo on the grid, with Egor Orudzhev taking third ahead of teammate Matevos Isaakyan.

Alfonso Celis Jr was the fastest of the two Fortec drivers, and the Mexican starts ahead of compatriot Diego Menchaca on the third row of the grid.

Teo Martin driver Konstantin Tereshchenko begins Saturday’s race from seventh, ahead of RP’s Roy Nissany, Barone Rampante’s Damiano Fioravanti and Yu Kanamaru, who missed the earlier Friday practice session through illness.

Fittipaldi and Binder will also start Sunday’s race from the front row, with the former setting a 1m47.787s lap on a cold, damp track in Saturday’s second qualifying session. 

Binder was 0.812s behind his Lotus teammate, heading third-place Nissany and Nelson Mason, who was a late addition to the grid for the Teo Martin team.

Orudzhev and Isaakyan produced a third-row lockout for SMP Racing, starting ahead of Menchaca and Kanamaru.

Fioravanti will start from ninth on Sunday, ahead of Celis Jr who could only manage 10th on the grid having set a time 7.676s slower than Fittipaldi’s.

The session was brought to an abrupt halt with one minute to spare, as Barone Rampante’s Giuseppe Cipriani beached his car at Maggotts after spinning off the road in the low-grip conditions.

Konstantin Tereshchenko brought out a Full Course Yellow earlier in the session for a similar incident, finding the gravel trap before the Hangar Straight.

Qualifying 1:

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/gap

1

 Pietro Fittipaldi

Lotus

1m41.660s

2

 Rene Binder

Lotus

0.235s

3

 Egor Orudzhev

SMP Racing

0.321s

4

 Matevos Isaakyan

SMP Racing

0.491s

5

 Alfonso Celis Jr

Fortec

0.623s

6

 Diego Menchaca

Fortec

0.661s

7

 Roy Nissany

RP Motorsport

0.776s

8

 Konstantin Tereschenko

Teo Martin

1.032s

9

 Damiano Fioravanti

IL Barone Rampante

1.526s

10

 Yu Kanamaru

RP Motorsport

2.558s

-

 Giuseppe Cipriani

IL Barone Rampante

-

-

 Nelson Mason

Teo Martin

 

Qualifying 2:

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Gap

1

 Pietro Fittipaldi

Lotus

1m47.787s

2

 Rene Binder

Lotus

0.812s

3

 Roy Nissany

RP Motorsport

1.484s

4

 Nelson Mason

Teo Martin Racing

2.885s

5

 Egor Orudzhev

SMP Racing

3.324s

6

 Matevos Isaakyan

SMP Racing

3.436s

7

 Diego Menchaca

Fortec

3.954s

8

 Yu Kanamaru

RP Motorsport

5.021s

9

 Damiano Fioravanti

IL Barone Rampante

6.621s

10

 Alfonso Celis Jr

Fortec

7.676s

11

 Giuseppe Cipriani

IL Barone Rampante

17.197s

 

 Konstantin Tereschenko

Teo Martin

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