Silverstone GP2: Marciello grabs pole for Racing Engineering
|By Charles Bradley||Friday, July 4th 2014, 15:41 GMT|
Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello will start round nine of the GP2 Series at Silverstone from pole position after topping qualifying in his Racing Engineering car on Friday afternoon.
Marciello just beat points leader Jolyon Palmer of DAMS to the four points on offer by just 0.027s in a thrillingly-close session.
The Italian's 1m40.445s was set on the first set of tyres, and few improvements were made after the opening salvoes were fired. Palmer in particular was thwarted by traffic, catching a car in the middle of Becketts on his second run.
Mitch Evans will start third for Russian Time, just 0.006s off Palmer's time and 0.033s off the pole time. Julian Leal of Carlin will start fourth, a further 0.006s off Evans.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Nasr qualified fifth and sixth respectively, while GP2 debutant Marco Sorensen stunned the paddock by setting the seventh-fastest time for MP Motorsport, equalling Nasr's effort to the thousandth but setting it after the Brazilian.
Stephane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto Jr and Daniel Abt round out the top 10.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m40.445s 2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m40.472s +0.027 3. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m40.478s +0.033 4. Julian Leal Carlin 1m40.484s +0.039 5. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m40.646s +0.201 6. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m40.658s +0.213 7. Marco Sorensen MP 1m40.658s +0.213 8. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m40.762s +0.317 9. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident 1m40.845s +0.400 10. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m40.880s +0.435 11. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m40.885s +0.440 12. Arthur Pic Campos 1m40.961s +0.516 13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m41.064s +0.619 14. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m41.166s +0.721 15. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m41.196s +0.751 16. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m41.235s +0.790 17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m41.252s +0.807 18. Daniel de Jong MP 1m41.330s +0.885 19. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m41.362s +0.917 20. Jon Lancaster Hilmer 1m41.549s +1.104 21. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m41.556s +1.111 22. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m41.686s +1.241 23. Andre Negrao Arden 1m41.908s +1.463 24. Takuya Izawa ART 1m42.003s +1.558 25. Rene Binder Arden 1m42.373s +1.928 26. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m42.724s +2.279