Monza GP2: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly secures maiden pole position

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly continued on from his strong free practice form to take his maiden pole position for Saturday's GP2 feature race at Monza

Monza GP2: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly secures maiden pole position

Gasly left it late in the session to deny Mitch Evans what would have been his first pole of the season by 0.152 seconds, with a time of 1m31.272s.

Russian Time driver Evans led the way early despite going off at Turn 1 and della Roggia a number of times but couldn't improve late.

UPDATE: Evans excluded from qualifying

McLaren's championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne ran consistently near the top but finished the session 0.206s off Gasly's pole time, and lines up third.

Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn secured fourth ahead of Rapax's Sergey Sirotkin and Campos Racing's Rio Haryanto.

Arthur Pic, Richie Stanaway, Sergio Canamasas and Alexander Rossi completed the top 10.

Racing Engineering driver Rossi attempted a different strategy to the rest of the field, following traffic issues that hampered some fast laps in qualifying at Spa.

He enjoyed a clear track for a number of laps when others came in for their mid-session tyre change and was able to jump up to eighth, before others improved.

Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough improved immensely following practice and will line up 19th on the grid, ahead of returning GP2 veteran Rene Binder.

The GP2 newcomer beat fellow rookies Patric Niederhauser and Meindert van Buuren by more than half a second, the pair to start 24th and 25th respectively.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m31.272s 12
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 0.206s 12
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 0.343s 12
4 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 0.368s 12
5 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 0.626s 11
6 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 0.666s 11
7 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 0.713s 11
8 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 0.742s 12
9 Raffaele Marciello Trident 0.799s 12
10 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 0.828s 13
11 Robert Visoiu Rapax 0.883s 12
12 Julian Leal Carlin 0.887s 13
13 Norman Nato Arden International 0.902s 12
14 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 0.904s 11
15 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1.011s 12
16 Andre Negrao Arden International 1.114s 13
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1.126s 13
18 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1.175s 12
19 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1.347s 11
20 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1.365s 11
21 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1.522s 11
22 Patric Niederhauser Daiko Team Lazarus 1.641s 13
23 Meindert van Buuren MP Motorsport 1.854s 11
- Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME - 10
- Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus - 13


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