Vandoorne eases to sixth successive GP2 pole

Stoffel Vandoorne continued his domination of the GP2 field with an unflustered run to a sixth consecutive pole position in qualifying at Barcelona.

After a short red-flag delay in the first few minutes of the session caused by Artem Markelov’s Russian Time-run car coasting to a halt, ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne wasted no time in imposing himself at the top of the timesheets.

The Belgian set the early pace with a 1m29.781s in the first wave of flying laps, a time that would remain unbeaten until Vandoorne found over six tenths in the closing stages to record a 1m29.273s.

That proved comfortably enough for the McLaren protégé to extend a streak of GP2 pole positions that dates back to last year’s races at Spa-Francorchamps.

Vandoorne’s closest challenger was DAMS’ Alex Lynn, who came within a tenth and a half of pole in his first run, ultimately securing a front row spot with a final effort 0.407s off the pace.

The second DAMS car of Pierre Gasly will start third after a late surge by the Frenchman that demoted Mitch Evans’ Russian Time entry to fourth.

Alexander Rossi (Racing Engineering) and Daniel de Jong (MP Motorsport) meanwhile will share the third row for Saturday’s feature race, ahead of Ferrari Academy driver Raffaele Marciello (Trident), the last man to get within a second of Vandoorne’s searing pace.

Completing the top 10 on the grid are Rio Haryanto (Campos), GP2 debutant Nick Yelloly (Hilmer) and Julian Leal (Carlin).

Pos 
Driver
Team
Time
1
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:29.273
2
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:29.680
3
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:30.051
4
Mitch Evans
Russian Time
1:30.106
5
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:30.154
6
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.169
7
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:30.191
8
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:30.291
9
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.375
10
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:30.402
11
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:30.411
12
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:30.416
13
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:30.420
14
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:30.649
15
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:30.686
16
Sergio Canamasas
MP Motorsport
1:30.722
17
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:30.879
18
Marco Sorensen
Carlin
1:30.891
19
Nathanaël Berthon
Lazarus
1:31.029
20
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:31.042
21
Johnny Cecotto
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.049
22
André Negrao
Arden International
1:31.390
23
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:31.394
24
Rene Binder
Trident
1:31.397
25
Zoel Amberg
Lazarus
1:31.751
26
Artem Markelov
Russian Time
No time 

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Series FIA F2
Event Barcelona
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Mitch Evans , Alex Lynn , Stoffel Vandoorne , Pierre Gasly
Teams ART Grand Prix , DAMS , RUSSIAN TIME
Article type Qualifying report