Gianmaria Bruni scored today the pole position for the first race of the second GP2 Series round, to be held this weekend on the Imola racetrack of San Marino. Argentinean Jose Maria Lopez will join the Italian in the front row, while third place...
Gianmaria Bruni scored today the pole position for the first race of the second GP2 Series round, to be held this weekend on the Imola racetrack of San Marino. Argentinean Jose Maria Lopez will join the Italian in the front row, while third place belonged to rookie Lewis Hamilton.
Bruni, with a car from the new Trident Racing team, set a time of 1m32s691 to take his first pole position in the series. The former F1 driver has one victory in GP2 which he did in Spain last year, he now has a great chance tomorrow to repeat that win and on his team's home turf.
"I had a very good car at my disposal and I drove without traffic problems. Being in pole position for one of the home races has a special taste, of course, but what I did today is the result of all the hard work we have done together", stated the pole winner.
The Italian captured the pole 12 minutes before the chequered flag after a visit to the pits and some right-side changes in the set-up of his Dallara-Renault.
"Together with the engineers, I found the set up of my desire, so I could push as much as I liked and the result came naturally. I hope this will be the first of a long sequence, in the meantime I am enjoying the two points scored even before starting the race", Bruni said.
For Trident Racing, it meant the first pole position for the brand-new team of the series in only their second event.
With a strong pace since morning practice, Lopez took second place with Super Nova and matched his best performance in a qualifying session. The Argentinean marked 1m32s941.
Lopez, who was fifth quickest in the morning, drove a solid 12 laps, leading the field for most of the 30 minute session, only just missing out on pole position by 0.250-seconds for tomorrows race, mainly due to yellow flags.
"I should be happy, but somehow I'm a little bit disappointed, because we could have been on pole, definitely", commented Lopez.
"My first set was a good lap but I made a few mistakes, so I knew I could go quicker, and then I went with the next set of tyres and my first sector was very quick, my second sector was as quick as the first one but could have even improved a bit more except for a small mistake, but then I got to the second Ravazza and saw the yellow flags and I was so disappointed", explained the Argentinean about his lost chance of taking the pole.
After all, Lopez is still in a good position for tomorrow's race on the circuit where last year he achieved third place in the first race. A result that the Super Nova guy is looking to improve.
British driver Hamilton, fastest in morning`s practice, set 1m32s990 to lead a ART Grand Prix second row with teammate Alexandre Premat in fourth place.
Hamilton keeps proving a great shape despite being in his first season in the series alongside many drivers with much more experience.
"I made a small mistake on my fastest lap and that put me in third. It's difficult to say how much time I lost, but it was enough. But it's still positive to be in third position, which is consistent with the last race, and I hope that I can get a good start of the grid tomorrow and finish even higher", commented Hamilton.
Hiroki Yoshimoto showed to be fast taking best fifth alongside standings leader, Nelson A. Piquet, who ended up in sixth position. "I was confident after free practice as we did better than I expected, but I knew the track would already be different by qualifying once the F1 rubber was down on the track", the Brazilian Piquet stated.
Top ten places were filled by Adam Carroll, both Arden guys: Nicolas Lapierre and Michael Ammermuller, and Cilvio Piccione.
The challenge for tomorrow`s race means 37 laps around the Imola racetrack in a competition that expects to have all the condiments and the emotion of a usual GP2 series event.