Monaco GP2: Sirotkin takes pole ahead of Nato in split session

Sergey Sirotkin secured Monaco GP2 pole position with a blistering effort in the second group of the split session

Monaco GP2: Sirotkin takes pole ahead of Nato in split session

Norman Nato was quickest in group one and joins Sirotkin on the front row, but there was more disappointment for championship leader Pierre Gasly, who will start from row eight at best.

Renault Formula 1 test driver Sirotkin put his ART Grand Prix car on provisional pole by 0.035 seconds over Racing Engineering's Jordan King early in group two.

That session was then halted for nearly 20 minutes after Artem Markelov misjudged his approach to Ste Devote, launched his car over the kerbs and flew nose-first into the barriers with sufficient force to derange the armco. The Russian was unhurt.

Just under four minutes remained when the cars were let back out of the pits, giving everyone a single flying lap - and Sirotkin put his to very good use as he improved by four tenths of a second to a commanding 1m19.186s benchmark.

King stayed second, which translates to third on the grid, with Oliver Rowland on the inside of row three and Antonio Giovinazzi making a late jump up to the fourth-row spot.

Group one had produced a much more competitive session, with provisional pole changing hands eight times.

Gasly, Marvin Kirchhofer, Norman Nato, Mitch Evans, Raffaele Marciello, Alex Lynn and Nato were the main protagonists, constantly swapping positions until Nato finally edged out Evans by 0.068s to top the session with a 1m19.894s.

Lynn was third quickest so starts sixth, with Marciello and Luca Ghiotto completing the top five in the group.

Though Gasly had been the early pacesetter in the car Prema repaired following his heavy practice crash, he then reported a problem and pitted.

In the process he missed a call to the weighbridge, so while he is currently provisionally 16th on the grid it could get worse depending on the outcome of the stewards' investigation.

STARTING GRID

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m19.186s
2 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m19.894s
3 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m19.691s
4 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1m19.962s
5 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m19.852s
6 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m20.014s
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m19.972s
8 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m20.601s
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m20.182s
10 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m20.630s
11 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m20.360s
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m20.744s
13 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m21.016s
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m20.877s
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m22.160s
16 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m21.965s
17 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m22.707s
18 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m21.978s
19 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m22.029s
20 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m21.381s
21 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1m20.600s
22 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m22.722s

shares
comments
Monaco GP2: ART Grand Prix's Sirotkin fastest in practice

Previous article

Monaco GP2: ART Grand Prix's Sirotkin fastest in practice

Next article

GP2 Monaco: Artem Markelov takes shock victory

GP2 Monaco: Artem Markelov takes shock victory
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F2
Drivers Sergey Sirotkin , Norman Nato
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Plus

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Plus

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come

FIA F2
Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Plus

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

FIA F2
Mar 25, 2021
How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance Plus

How Schumacher Jr earned his Haas F1 chance

Michael Schumacher may have won seven Formula 1 titles, but he didn't even compete for a crown at the second tier. Son Mick put that right in 2020, and proved to Ferrari that he was deserving of a shot at motorsport's elite category in 2021

FIA F2
Jan 9, 2021
The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make Plus

The quintet giving Ferrari a tough decision to make

The Ferrari Driver Academy earned a podium sweep in the first Formula 2 race of the new decade in Austria last weekend. The battle between 'the FDA five' is set to be one of the major subplots of the season, but who has the best F1 prospects for 2021?

FIA F2
Jul 8, 2020
The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong Plus

The Williams junior determined to prove Red Bull wrong

Dropped by his team in Japan and by Red Bull, Dan Ticktum's single-seater career seemed to be over last summer. But now he's on the Formula 2 grid with the reigning champion team, and he's a new protege of Williams. How did that happen?

FIA F2
Mar 20, 2020
The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe Plus

The controversial weekend that ended an American's dream in Europe

OPINION: In the latest in our series of features looking back the recently concluded 2010s, we recall one of the many sagas of the 2018 Formula 2 season, which featured unusual fines and an unsavoury clash between team-mates

FIA F2
Jan 3, 2020
The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status Plus

The year Leclerc fully revealed his star status

In the latest feature in our series looking back on the 2010s, we revisit Charles Leclerc's sensational Formula 2 season - where he strode among on-track highs and lows, as well as tragedy away from motorsport, to earn a place on the Formula 1 grid

FIA F2
Dec 26, 2019