Monza GP2: Pierre Gasly claims pole in another all-Prema front row

Pierre Gasly added another four points to his GP2 championship lead as he fended off team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi by just 0.054 seconds in another all-Prema front row at Monza

Monza GP2: Pierre Gasly claims pole in another all-Prema front row

A week ago at Spa it was Giovinazzi who came out on top of a similarly tight battle, but this time Red Bull Formula 1 protege Gasly held on.

Gasly had held provisional pole initially with a 1m31.812s, which Giovinazzi then beat by a tenth and a half.

Moments later, Gasly came through with a 1m31.532s on a second attack with his initial set of tyres and took pole back by 0.110 seconds.

He blew that away with a 1m31.199s when he returned for another run at the end of the session, and Giovinazzi could only close in rather than deposing him.

NEWS UPDATE: Giovinazzi and Jeffri excluded from qualifying

Artem Markelov produced a GP2 career-best qualifying performance in third for Russian Time.

His team-mate Raffaele Marciello had been a pole contender at home initially, but choosing to take his last run in the lull when the rest were in the pits backfired and he tumbled to 13th as others went quickly at the end.

Arthur Pic continued Rapax's progress with a late run to fourth, while Mitch Evans showed Campos's best qualifying form since Monaco in May to take fifth.

Behind sixth and seventh-placed Britons Jordan King and Alex Lynn, there was another breakthrough result as Nabil Jeffri made it into the top 10 on the grid for the first time with eighth.

Title contenders Sergey Sirotkin and Norman Nato completed the top 10.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m31.199s -
2 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m31.548s 0.349s
3 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m31.617s 0.418s
4 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1m31.666s 0.467s
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m31.710s 0.511s
6 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m31.775s 0.576s
7 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m31.816s 0.617s
8 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m31.845s 0.646s
9 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m31.855s 0.656s
10 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m31.864s 0.665s
11 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m31.986s 0.787s
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m32.037s 0.838s
13 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m32.172s 0.973s
14 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m32.192s 0.993s
15 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1m32.196s 0.997s
16 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m32.215s 1.016s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m32.481s 1.282s
18 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m33.071s 1.872s
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m33.269s 2.070s
20 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m33.929s 2.730s
- Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing - -
- Nabil Jeffri Arden International - -


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