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GP3 Monza: Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat takes pole by huge margin

Daniil Kvyat, MW Arden, Monza GP3 2013

Red Bull protege Daniil Kvyat scored his first GP3 pole position at Monza on Saturday morning by over half a second to keep his title hopes burning.

His session started with a problem, as he needed a bump start that involved most of his MW Arden crew falling over as they did so. However, once on track, Kvyat dominated the session.

The Russian's first effort, a 1m37.368s, put him on top in the first half of the 30-minute session, and then he worked down to a 1m36.933s on his second set of fresh tyres - the only driver in the 27-car field to dip under the 1m37s bracket.

Team-mate Robert Visoiu took the fight to him, but the two-time race winner was over half a second down on the pole time.

Recently-deposed points leader Tio Ellinas began his fightback, setting the third-fastest time in his Manor machine.

Carlin duo Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly will start fourth and fifth, although both spun near the end of the session. Yelloly rotated when he dropped his left-rear wheel onto the gravel at Roggia, while Sims outbraked himself at Parabolica.

After that, David Fumanelli's car broke down at Rettifilo, so the last laps of the session meant no improvements.

Carlos Sainz Jr will start sixth, having all-but-matched Kvyat's pace on Friday, ahead of ART's title contenders Conor Daly and Facu Regalia - who was fastest overall in the final sector - with Kevin Korjus and Lewis Williamson rounding out the top 10.


Pos Driver                 Team              Time       Gap
 1. Daniil Kvyat           MW Arden          1m36.933s
 2. Robert Visoiu          MW Arden          1m37.444s  +0.511s
 3. Tio Ellinas            Manor             1m37.526s  +0.593s
 4. Alexander Sims         Carlin            1m37.580s  +0.647s
 5. Nick Yelloly           Carlin            1m37.602s  +0.669s
 6. Carlos Sainz           MW Arden          1m37.619s  +0.686s
 7. Conor Daly             ART               1m37.708s  +0.775s
 8. Facu Regalia           ART               1m37.715s  +0.782s
 9. Kevin Korjus           Koiranen          1m37.723s  +0.790s
10. Lewis Williamson       Bamboo            1m37.942s  +1.009s
11. Dino Zamparelli        Manor             1m37.991s  +1.058s
12. Jack Harvey            ART               1m38.111s  +1.178s
13. Patric Niederhauser    Jenzer            1m38.113s  +1.180s
14. Adderly Fong           Status            1m38.141s  +1.208s
15. Patrick Kujala         Koiranen          1m38.388s  +1.455s
16. Giovanni Venturini     Trident           1m38.419s  +1.486s
17. Melville McKee         Bamboo            1m38.450s  +1.517s
18. Luis Sa Silva          Carlin            1m38.495s  +1.562s
19. Alex Fontana           Jenzer            1m38.522s  +1.589s
20. David Fumanelli        Trident           1m38.566s  +1.633s
21. Aaro Vainio            Koiranen          1m38.606s  +1.673s
22. Jimmy Eriksson         Status            1m38.615s  +1.682s
23. Josh Webster           Status            1m38.660s  +1.727s
24. Emanuele Zonzini       Trident           1m38.934s  +2.001s
25. Ryan Cullen            Manor             1m39.312s  +2.379s
26. Samin Gomez            Jenzer            1m39.474s  +2.541s
27. Carmen Jorda           Bamboo            1m40.218s  +3.285s


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