Daniel Ricciardo claimed his seventh Formula Renault 3.5 pole position of the season at Silverstone this morning
The Tech 1 racer was almost two tenths of a second faster than Fortec's Jon Lancaster, the unwitting culprit who sent Ricciardo flying in a spectacular startline crash in race one on Saturday.
"The team didn't deserve to be working until 5am this morning fixing the car," said Ricciardo. "Hopefully this is a good way to say thanks."
For his part in the accident, Briton Lancaster has been forced by race officials to start from the pitlane in this afternoon's race. Despite the penalty, Lancaster wished to compete in today's qualifying session to prove a point.
Following the disqualification of on road victor Esteban Guerrieri yesterday, Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Ricciardo is now the only realistic challenger to championship leader Mikhail Aleshin. The Carlin man qualified sixth today, one place behind Guerrieri.
P1 Motorsport's debutant Brendon Hartley will lead the second row. The Kiwi will not be dissatisfied to have qualified directly ahead of his replacement at Tech 1, British Formula 3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne.
The session was interrupted when Stefano Coletti crashed heavily after eight minutes. The Monegasque's Comtec entry sustained heavy damage to the left rear, and without a representative time, yesterday's 'podium' finisher - who gained third when Guerrieri was thrown out - will start from last.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m45.149s 2. Jon Lancaster* Fortec 1m45.360s + 0.211s 3. Brendon Hartley P1 1m45.799s + 0.650s 4. Jean Eric Vergne Tech 1 1m45.902s + 0.753s 5. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m45.971s + 0.822s 6. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m46.112s + 0.963s 7. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m46.163s + 1.014s 8. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m46.222s + 1.073s 9. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m46.303s + 1.154s 10. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m46.592s + 1.443s 11. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m46.644s + 1.495s 12. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m46.678s + 1.529s 13. Victor Garcia KMP 1m46.685s + 1.536s 14. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m46.746s + 1.597s 15. Julian Leal Draco 1m46.796s + 1.647s 16. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m46.896s + 1.747s 17. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m46.995s + 1.846s 18. Federico Leo Pons 1m47.008s + 1.859s 19. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m47.095s + 1.946s 20. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m47.156s + 2.007s 21. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m47.218s + 2.069s 22. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m47.442s + 2.293s 23. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m48.235s + 3.086s 24. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m59.660s + 13.411s * Will start from pitlane due to penalty
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