Barcelona GP2: Stephane Richelmi leads all-DAMS front row
|Friday, May 9th 2014, 14:43 GMT|
Stephane Richelmi claimed pole position for Saturday's main race in the second round of the GP2 Series in Spain, ahead of DAMS team-mate Jolyon Palmer.
The 24-year-old was quick out of the blocks and set a time of 1m29.293s on his second lap of the session, and despite the best efforts of practice pacesetter Palmer, remained unbeaten until the end.
Racing Engineering duo Stefano Coletti and Raffaele Marciello occupy the second row of the grid after they shot up the timesheets in the final moments of the session.
Felipe Nasr had sat comfortably in third position up until they improved, but the Williams Formula 1 reserve driver had to settle for fifth with a time just 0.005s quicker than Russian Time's Mitch Evans.
Fourth-season driver Julian Leal starts seventh, with Alexander Rossi alongside him on row four, while GP2 debutant Tio Ellinas managed to claim ninth, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.
The McLaren protege sat out the first ten minutes of the session as ART opted to run the Belgian while the majority of the field returned to the pits after their first runs.
While he had the track to himself, he could only muster a provisional sixth with a 1m29.963s, which eventually became 10th after everyone's late laps.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m29.293s 10 2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m29.421s +0.128s 9 3. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m29.514s +0.221s 10 4. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m29.650s +0.357s 10 5. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m29.698s +0.405s 11 6. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m29.703s +0.410s 9 7. Julian Leal Carlin 1m28.841s +0.452s 11 8. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m29.893s +0.600s 11 9. Tio Ellinas MP 1m29.902s +0.609s 11 10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m29.963s +0.670s 11 11. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m29.983s +0.690s 11 12. Tom Dillmann Arden 1m30.289s +0.996s 10 13. Arthur Pic Campos 1m30.300s +1.007s 11 14. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m30.412s +1.119s 11 15. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m30.470s +1.177s 9 16. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1m30.496s +1.203s 11 17. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m30.510s +1.217s 11 18. Rene Binder Arden 1m30.553s +1.260s 11 19. Daniel de Jong MP 1m30.617s +1.324s 9 20. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m30.737s +1.444s 11 21. Facu Regalia Hilmer 1m30.790s +1.497s 11 22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m30.884s +1.591s 11 23. Takuya Izawa ART 1m30.903s +1.610s 11 24. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m30.923s +1.630s 13 25. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m31.336s +2.043s 12 26. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m31.558s +2.265s 9