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Hockenheim GP2: Sirotkin beats Gasly to pole by 0.016s

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Hockenheim GP2: Sirotkin beats Gasly to pole by 0.016s
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Jul 29, 2016, 2:36 PM

Sergey Sirotkin took his third pole of the season in the GP2 qualifying at Hockenheim, beating Pierre Gasly by the tiny margin of 16 thousandths.

Sirotkin narrowly headed Prema duo Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi after the first set of representative times but dropped outside the top five by the time he pitted.

Giovinazzi lowered the benchmark by half a second with his next flyer but Raffaele Marciello demoted him to second before stopping.

Once back on track, Marciello failed to improve with his first attempt and soon fell behind Gasly, who managed to take the lead despite locking up at Sachs while trying to pass Gustav Malja, the Swede running a slow lap.

The Frenchman went even quicker by three hundredths next time around but his time wasn't enough to stay ahead as Sirotkin edged him out by 0.016s.

With a couple of minutes still remaining on the clock, Gasly and Marciello both already pitted and couldn't improve as a result.

Sirotkin's time of 1m22.193s went unbeaten for the rest of the session, the Russian taking his third pole of the season.

Gasly had to settle for second as the second row will be filled by Italian duo Marciello and Giovinazzi.

Britons Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn took fifth and sixth respectively, separated by just nine thousandths.

Norman Nato was seventh, closely followed by Nicholas Latifi, Racing Engineering teammate Jordan King and local driver Marvin Kirchhofer.

UPDATE: Giovinazzi has been excluded from the results after the height of his car's undertray did not comply with the regulations.

Qualifying results

Cla#DriverTeamLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 2  Sergey Sirotkin   ART Grand Prix 12 1'22.193     200.338
2 21  Pierre Gasly   Prema Powerteam 12 1'22.209 0.016 0.016 200.299
3 9  Raffaele Marciello   RUSSIAN TIME 11 1'22.369 0.176 0.160 199.910
4 22  Oliver Rowland   MP Motorsport 11 1'22.413 0.220 0.029 199.803
5 5  Alex Lynn   DAMS 12 1'22.422 0.229 0.009 199.781
6 3  Norman Nato   Racing Engineering 12 1'22.489 0.296 0.067 199.619
7 6  Nicholas Latifi   DAMS 12 1'22.524 0.331 0.035 199.534
8 4  Jordan King   Racing Engineering 12 1'22.548 0.355 0.024 199.476
9 19  Marvin Kirchhofer  Carlin 11 1'22.796 0.603 0.248 198.879
10 10  Artem Markelov   RUSSIAN TIME 11 1'22.805 0.612 0.009 198.857
11 1  Nobuharu Matsushita   ART Grand Prix 11 1'22.812 0.619 0.007 198.840
12 11  Gustav Malja   Rapax 15 1'23.065 0.872 0.253 198.235
13 15  Luca Ghiotto   Trident 11 1'23.066 0.873 0.001 198.232
14 7  Mitch Evans   Campos Racing 12 1'23.398 1.205 0.332 197.443
15 23  Daniel de Jong   MP Motorsport 12 1'23.400 1.207 0.002 197.438
16 18  Rene Binder  Carlin 13 1'23.465 1.272 0.065 197.285
17 12  Arthur Pic   Rapax 12 1'23.469 1.276 0.004 197.275
18 24  Nabil Jeffri   Arden International 14 1'23.497 1.304 0.028 197.209
19 25  Jimmy Eriksson   Arden International 12 1'23.535 1.342 0.038 197.119
20 8  Sean Gelael   Campos Racing 13 1'23.784 1.591 0.249 196.533
21 14  Philo Paz Armand   Trident 12 1'24.399 2.206 0.615 195.101
EX 20  Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Powerteam 14 1'22.384 0.191 0.015 199.873
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Series FIA F2
Event Hockenheim
Location Hockenheimring
Drivers Sergey Sirotkin
Teams ART Grand Prix
Author David Gruz