Scott Speed picked up where he left off in free practice, by posting the fastest time in this afternoon's half-hour GP2 series qualifying session. The American iSport International driver set a time of 1:25.486, beating off his nearest rival,...
Scott Speed picked up where he left off in free practice, by posting the fastest time in this afternoon's half-hour GP2 series qualifying session. The American iSport International driver set a time of 1:25.486, beating off his nearest rival, Coloni Motorsport's Gimmi Bruni, by 0.448 seconds, with Jose Maria Lopez qualifying his DAMS in third for the second time in succession on a 1:26.143.
Speed had snatched the lead on his first run, from early pacesetter Adam Carroll (Super Nova International.) Speed's time stood up to mounting pressure until Juan Cruz Alvarez (Campos Racing) put himself at the top of the pile. With around ten minutes to go, Bruni put in a 1:25.934 to go quickest of all. But with the top ten covered by less than a second, Bruni's position was far from safe. And so it proved, as with just over five minutes of the session remaining, Scott Speed ran a belting 1:25.486. It was a time nobody else could match.
The grid will line up with Speed and Bruni on the first row, with Lopez and Nelson Piquet Jr on row two. Olivier Plan and Juan Cruz Alvarez make up row three, with Ryan Sharp and Nicolas Lapierre on row four. The top ten, who were covered by just one second, is rounded out with Borja García and Nico Rosberg.
1st Scott Speed iSport International.1:25.486
Pole position feels great. It's good for the team, good for all our morale. Just going to try and keep the ball rolling. The car is "as ran" so that's a plus. It made the whole race distance on Saturday in Imola, so hopefully it'll do the same here.
2nd Gianmaria Bruni Coloni Motorsport.1:25.934
It was quite a good qualifying. Unfortunately in the end I lost the pole position but the lap that I did was ok. I made a mistake on my lap because I was blocked by a few drivers, but I'm happy to be back on the front row. We have a good balance for the race, and I'm confident.
3rd Jose Maria Lopez DAMS.1:26.143
It was a difficult qualifying for me. I made a mistake in the second sector on my first set of new tyres. I just went off and stayed a bit lucky because I got going again. So when I went out on my second set I had to hold back a bit. I kept cool, the car felt good, but I kept a margin of safety.