Nurburgring: Friday qualifying report

Pole gives Pantano first points Giorgio Pantano will start tomorrow's GP2 series race from pole position. The Italian Super Nova International driver set his pole lap of 1:43.862 in the opening minutes of the session. It was a time nobody could...

Pole gives Pantano first points

Giorgio Pantano will start tomorrow's GP2 series race from pole position. The Italian Super Nova International driver set his pole lap of 1:43.862 in the opening minutes of the session. It was a time nobody could beat. Nico Rosberg came the closest, taking his ART Grand Prix car to within 0.077 seconds, with Heikki Kovalainen just 0.103 seconds off pole in third place for Arden International.

The top seven drivers all represented different teams, as Gimmi Bruni this morning's pace setter in practice - took his Coloni Motorsports car to fourth with Neel Jani (Racing Engineering) in fifth, Jose Maria Lopez (DAMS) sixth and Ernesto Viso (BCN Competicion) seventh. The top ten was rounded out by Alexandre Prémat, Nicolas Lapierre and Hiroki Yoshimoto.

Following a steward's inquiry, however, it was judged that Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen and Alexandre Prémat had all set their quickest laps while part of the third sector of the track was under yellow flags. The stewards decided that the three drivers should have their best two timed laps deleted, and that their third quickest lap should determine their positions. A new official classification for qualifying, and tomorrow's race grid, will therefore be published tomorrow morning.

Giorgio Pantano remains on pole position, and picks up two points for his work today his first of the season. With the top 10 drivers separated by a second, and the top 20 by two seconds, tomorrow's race promises to pick up where we left off in Monaco in terms of edge-of-the-seat excitement.

1st Giorgio Pantano Super Nova International.1:43.862
I'm very happy. I think all season people haven't seen what I can do because I had a few problems. But we have found a solution and I think everything is going well. I think from here, we are back on it and can fight for the championship. The car, everywhere on the circuit, was feeling very good. For sure experience helps at this circuit, but I think most of the other drivers have been here, not just me. The F1 experience helps as the GP2 series car is very similar for me. The braking point is the same, the feeling is the same, the speed through the fast corners is very high... the only difference is the power. Now we have to start from today. This is our first two points and tomorrow we have to win.

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Neel Jani , Nicolas Lapierre , Alexandre Prémat , Hiroki Yoshimoto , Jose Maria Lopez , Ernesto Viso
Teams DAMS , ART Grand Prix , Racing Engineering