Chennai MRF Challenge: Fittipaldi pips Newey for pole

Championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi edged out Harrison Newey to claim a crucial pole for the first race of the MRF Challenge finale at Chennai.

Fititipaldi was challenged all through the session by Newey, the British driver ending up 0.003s shy of the Brazilian's benchmark of 1m34.038s.

Newcomer Mick Schumacher was all set to qualify third, before Indian Tarun Reddy  bettered the German on his last flying lap by a mere 0.040s - demoting Schumacher to fourth.

Alessio Picariello rounded out the top five ahead of fellow title contenders Nikita Troitskiy and Tatiana Calderon.

Another MRF Challenge debutant, Aleksanteri Huovinen finished eighth while Max Fewtrell was ninth and Karthik Tharani 10th on home soil.

Qualifying results:

Pos.DriverTime/Gap
1 Pietro Fittipaldi 1:34.038s
2 Harrison Newey 0.003
3 Tarun Reddy 0.159
4 Mick Schumacher 0.199
5 Alessio Picariello 0.227
6 Nikita Troitskiy 0.336
7 Tatiana Calderon 0.361
8 Aleksanteri Huovinen 0.553
9 Max Fewtrell 0.706
10 Karthik Tharani 0.722
11 Nerses isaakyan 0.854
12 Dylan Young 1.284
13 Enzo Bortoleto 1.544
14 Arjun Narendran 1.842
15 Laura Tillett 2.074
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