GP2 Spa: Giovinazzi snatches pole from Prema team-mate Gasly

Antonio Giovinazzi snatched Spa GP2 pole from Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly in the closing moments of qualifying, while championship leader Sergey Sirotkin ended up 13th

GP2 Spa: Giovinazzi snatches pole from Prema team-mate Gasly

Gasly had been on provisional pole after the first runs with a 1m57.068s, and then improved to 1m56.768s later in the half-hour session.

That initially looked like it would be enough, but rookie Giovinazzi produced a lap 0.161 seconds faster to steal pole away, as Prema took its first front-row sweep in GP2.

Gusta Malja went out earlier than most for his second runs and it paid off as he jumped to a temporary second before ending up a career-best third for Rapax.

Racing Engineering team-mates Norman Nato and Jordan King were next up, followed by Malja's stablemate Arthur Pic.

Raffaele Marciello, Alex Lynn, Nobuharu Matsushita and Marvin Kirchhofer completed the top 10.

Sirotkin's session didn't begin well, as he ran wide on his first flying lap and then had a huge lock-up into the Bus Stop on his second.

That left him 12th, which became a lowly 16th as others improved.

He jumped back to seventh when he came back out for another run, only to be pushed down to 13th by the flag.

Oliver Rowland's session followed a similar pattern and he ended up 15th.

QUALIFYING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m56.607s -
2 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m56.768s 0.161s
3 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m57.124s 0.517s
4 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m57.211s 0.604s
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m57.411s 0.804s
6 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m57.462s 0.855s
7 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m57.512s 0.905s
8 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m57.658s 1.051s
9 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m57.665s 1.058s
10 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m57.750s 1.143s
11 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m57.768s 1.161s
12 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m57.906s 1.299s
13 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m57.927s 1.320s
14 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m57.964s 1.357s
15 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m57.987s 1.380s
16 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1m58.165s 1.558s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m58.252s 1.645s
18 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m58.342s 1.735s
19 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1m58.386s 1.779s
20 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m58.674s 2.067s
21 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m59.292s 2.685s
22 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m59.577s 2.970s

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