Abu Dhabi GP2: Red Bull's Gasly pips McLaren's Vandoorne for pole

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly took his third GP2 pole position in four races in Abu Dhabi, after a tight battle with McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne

Abu Dhabi GP2: Red Bull's Gasly pips McLaren's Vandoorne for pole

As he did in practice, Gasly set the pace on his opening lap and stayed at the top throughout.

He was pushed all the way by a determined Vandoorne, who made an uncharacteristic lockup at Turn 1 on his opening run to leave him slowest overall.

The Belgian soon corrected his error and moved up to second on the following lap, 0.277 seconds off the pace of Gasly.

Following a mid-session tyre and set-up change, the field headed back out on track, with Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn leading the way.

With a clear track Lynn was able to go within 0.035s of his DAMS team-mate.

Gasly was on a faster lap, though, and, despite running wide at the penultimate corner, he was able to improve with a time of 1m47.769s.

Vandoorne set personal bests through every sector but he still couldn't knock Gasly off top spot and had to settle for second, just 0.097s adrift of the polesitter.

Russian Time's Mitch Evans was the only late improver, demoting Lynn from third place on his final run.

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello was six tenths off the pace of Gasly, but was able to edge out Campos Racing's Rio Haryanto by just 0.010s for fifth.

Racing Engineering team-mates Alexander Rossi and Jordan King will line up seventh and eighth, with Nobuharu Matsushita and Artem Markelov, who ran alone on track for several laps, rounding out the top 10.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m47.769s -
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m47.866s 0.097s
3 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1m48.014s 0.245s
4 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m48.049s 0.280s
5 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m48.419s 0.650s
6 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1m48.429s 0.660s
7 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1m48.598s 0.829s
8 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m48.632s 0.863s
9 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m48.699s 0.930s
10 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m48.743s 0.974s
11 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m48.822s 1.053s
12 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1m48.981s 1.212s
13 Norman Nato Arden International 1m49.105s 1.336s
14 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m49.110s 1.341s
15 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1m49.146s 1.377s
16 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m49.166s 1.397s
17 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1m49.350s 1.581s
18 Oliver Rowland Status Grand Prix 1m49.374s 1.605s
19 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1m49.661s 1.892s
20 Daniel de Jong Trident 1m49.727s 1.958s
21 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1m49.779s 2.010s
22 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m49.839s 2.070s
23 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m50.543s 2.774s
24 Sean Gelael Carlin 1m51.604s 3.835s

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