Silverstone FR3.5: Lotus's Matthieu Vaxiviere dominates qualifying

Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere set his fifth pole position of the season ahead of the final Formula Renault 3.5 race of the Silverstone weekend

Silverstone FR3.5: Lotus's Matthieu Vaxiviere dominates qualifying

The Frenchman's time of 1m39.828s was the fastest FR3.5 lap recorded during the meeting and a stunning 0.580 seconds quicker than championship leader Oliver Rowland, who joins Vaxiviere on the front row for Sunday afternoon's pitstop race.

Rowland, currently 29 points clear of Vaxiviere in the drivers' standings, had a massive tyre lock-up into Village on an early run and was atypically down in 15th until moving up late on, although Vaxiviere appeared destined for pole throughout qualifying.

Making his first FR3.5 appearance of the year, series returnee Nick Yelloly produced a fine effort to qualify third, a performance that also underlined the strong pace of the Charouz-run Lotus car.

However, Yelloly has a four-place grid penalty for failing to respect blue flags in Saturday's opening race, which promotes Arden race Nicholas Latifi to third.

Swede Gustav Malja was provisionally fourth, but the Strakka Racing driver dropped to 11th post-qualifying after his fastest lap was deleted for a track limits violation.

Draco racer Pietro Fantin, who recorded the fastest lap in Saturday's race one, completes the second row in fourth behind Canadian rookie Latifi.

Following the revisions to the results, race one victor Tio Ellinas moves up to fifth, ahead of DAMS' Red Bull junior Dean Stoneman, Yelloly and McLaren protege Nyck de Vries.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m39.828s -
2 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m40.408s 0.580s
3 Nick Yelloly Lotus 1m40.559s 0.731s
4 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m40.612s 0.784s
5 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 1m40.656s 0.828s
6 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m40.699s 0.871s
7 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m40.731s 0.903s
8 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1m40.743s 0.915s
9 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m40.820s 0.992s
10 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m40.877s 1.049s
11 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m40.898s 1.070s
12 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m41.005s 1.177s
13 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m41.175s 1.347s
14 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m41.479s 1.651s
15 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m41.676s 1.848s
16 Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 1m41.804s 1.976s
17 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m41.958s 2.130s
18 Beitske Visser AVF 1m42.069s 2.241s
19 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 1m43.005s 3.177s
20 Will Bratt Pons Racing 1m43.538s 3.710s


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