GP2 Barcelona: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly takes pole position

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly stormed to pole position for Prema in the team's first GP2 qualifying session ahead of Saturday's opening race of the season in Barcelona

GP2 Barcelona: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly takes pole position

In tricky, overcast conditions, Gasly led for much of the session and headed his nearest challenger, Racing Engineering's Norman Nato, by close to half a second to secure his fourth pole in five GP2 rounds dating back to last season.

Frenchman Gasly was initially fastest ahead of the second set of qualifying runs and, though he was briefly toppled by Sergey Sirotkin and Alex Lynn, quickly re-established his advantage on his second run with a best lap of 1m27.807s.

With Nato securing an all-French front row, Lynn was forced to settle third ahead of DAMS team-mate Nicolas Latifi.

Lynn rarely looked comfortable - locking up at Turn 1 on his first attempt - and while he was briefly able to wrestle his car to the top of the standings, his effort was soon bettered first by Nato and then Gasly.

Sirotkin ended up fifth ahead of Gustav Malja, the Swede outpacing his experienced Rapax team-mate Arthur Pic by eight positions and seven tenths of a second.

Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland led the early stages of qualifying and wound up seventh, while Nobuharu Matsushita, Artem Markelov and GP3 graduate Luca Ghiotto completed the top 10.

Jordan King could only manage 13th despite team-mate Nato's front-row efforts, although the Briton fared better than Mitch Evans, who was only 18th on his first qualifying outing with Campos.

RACE ONE GRID

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m27.807s
2 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 0.464s
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 0.651s
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 0.756s
5 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 0.848s
6 Gustav Malja Rapax 0.888s
7 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1.000s
8 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1.322s
9 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1.336s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1.356s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1.321s
12 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1.467s
13 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1.515s
14 Arthur Pic Rapax 1.578s
15 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1.590s
16 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1.633s
17 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1.657s
18 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1.671s
19 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 2.135s
20 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 2.447s
21 Philo Paz Armand Trident 2.802s
22 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 2.497s

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