Nurburgring Formula V8 3.5: Palou grabs pole on series debut

Series debutant Alex Palou mastered damp conditions at the Nurburgring as he claimed pole position for Saturday's opening Formula V8 3.5 race

Nurburgring Formula V8 3.5: Palou grabs pole on series debut

The GP3 race winner timed his flying laps perfectly as isolated rain showers became heavier towards the halfway point in the half-hour session, rendering his early fastest lap of 1m42.174s unbeatable.

Palou, who is racing for the Teo Martin squad this weekend in place of Nelson Mason, was more than half a second clear of championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi - whose 1m42.841s put him at the head of a six-car chain separated by just 0.326 seconds.

Third place went to Matevos Isaakyan, who was the only driver other than Palou and Fittipaldi to dip below the 1m43s barrier as he edged out Force India junior Alfonso Celis by two-hundredths of a second.

Celis spent some time on the provisional front row, but was demoted by a flurry of fast laps from others while himself failing to improve just before the track became soaked.

The battle for fifth and sixth was even closer as Roy Nissany did his title chances no harm by outqualifying Aragon race winner Egor Orudzhev by 0.001s.

Rene Binder will have to work hard to maintain his second place in the championship as he could only qualify in 10th - the best part of one second slower than Lotus team-mate Fittipaldi and 1.4s off pole.

Ahead of him, Fortec Motorsport driver Diego Menchaca could not replicate the pace he showed in morning practice and will start eighth alongside Konstantin Tereschenko on the fourth row.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Alex Palou Teo Martin Motorsport 1m42.174s -
2 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus 1m42.841s 0.667s
3 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 1m42.985s 0.811s
4 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 1m43.008s 0.834s
5 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 1m43.018s 0.844s
6 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 1m43.065s 0.891s
7 Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport 1m43.167s 0.993s
8 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 1m43.404s 1.230s
9 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 1m43.485s 1.311s
10 Rene Binder Lotus 1m43.574s 1.400s
11 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 1m43.883s 1.709s
12 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 1m45.450s 3.276s


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