Sochi GP2: Lynn takes second pole on drying track

DAMS driver Alex Lynn narrowly beat Stoffel Vandoorne to claim pole in a close GP2 qualifying at Sochi.

Sochi marked Lynn's second pole of the season, the Brit having won from the head of the field at the Hungaroring – and scored only three points since then.

With no drying line to speak of on the wet Sochi track after a rather quiet FP2 in Formula 1, each lap by the GP2 cars seemed to find extra pace early in the session.

Rossi and the DAMS duo of Lynn and Pierre Gasly were among the drivers who lowered the benchmark early on, but it was Arthur Pic in the lead at the halfway mark. Practice pacesetter Vandoorne then took the top spot over before most of the field elected to pit.

With the track largely clear – if still very damp – in the next few minutes, Status's Richie Stanaway went to the head of the timesheets.

With six minutes to go, Gasly and Lynn took half a second off the existing benchmark to go first and second for DAMS. The pair were demoted by Vandoorne and Rossi, before Lynn went quickest, hanging on to first place until the chequered flag.

With the time running out, Vandoorne was held up behind Marlon Stockinger and had to back off in the final sector. As a result, the champion-elect slowed too much and ever-so-narrowly missed out on a final flying lap, ending up 0.038s short of Lynn.

And with Rossi failing to improve on his final lap, it meant Lynn was secure at the top of the timesheets.

Gasly was fourth, ahead of Pic and Johnny Cecotto, who recorded his best qualifying performance of the season.

Raffaele Marciello, Stanaway, Norman Nato and local racer Sergey Sirotkin made up the top ten.

Newcomer Dean Stoneman was 19th again, 2.25s off the best time.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Alex Lynn DAMS 2'01.840  
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 2'01.878 0.038
3 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 2'02.141 0.301
4 Pierre Gasly DAMS 2'02.385 0.545
5 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 2'02.450 0.610
6 Johnny Cecotto Trident 2'02.690 0.850
7 Raffaele Marciello Trident 2'02.709 0.869
8 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 2'02.998 1.158
9 Norman Nato Arden International 2'03.133 1.293
10 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 2'03.223 1.383
11 Andre Negrao Arden International 2'03.382 1.542
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 2'03.519 1.679
13 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 2'03.523 1.683
14 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 2'03.731 1.891
15 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 2'03.751 1.911
16 Artem Markelov Russian Time 2'04.004 2.164
17 Mitch Evans Russian Time 2'04.072 2.232
18 Dean Stoneman Carlin 2'04.093 2.253
19* Jordan King Racing Engineering 2'03.622 1.782
20 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 2'04.658 2.818
21 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 2'04.994 3.154
22 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 2'04.998 3.158
23 Sean Gelael Carlin 2'08.361 6.521
24** Robert Visoiu Rapax 2'05.784 3.944

* - 5-place penalty
** - pitlane start 

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Series FIA F2
Event Sochi
Sub-event Friday qualifying
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Alex Lynn , Stoffel Vandoorne
Teams DAMS
Article type Qualifying report