Sochi GP2: Williams protege Alex Lynn denies Stoffel Vandoorne pole

Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn clinched his second GP2 pole position in a wet qualifying session at Sochi, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who misjudged his final run

Sochi GP2: Williams protege Alex Lynn denies Stoffel Vandoorne pole

At the beginning of the session the track was perilously wet in places yet relatively dry in others.

With conditions constantly improving it seemed as though whoever crossed the line last would take pole.

McLaren protege and ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne took this too literally.

The Belgian, who was blocked by Status Grand Prix's Marlon Stockinger on what was going to be his penultimate lap, slowed down to gear up for one final run.

But he left it marginally too late and crossed the line less than a second after the chequered flag fell, meaning he would have to settle for second.

DAMS driver Lynn, who watched on from the pitlane, grabbed pole on his last run to edge out Vandoorne by just 0.038 seconds.

Alexander Rossi qualified in third but was 0.301s off the pace. The American, fresh off the back of two F1 races with Manor, struggled throughout the session but ran consistently in the lead group.

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly ended the session fourth, despite leading the field on several occasions, ahead of fellow countryman Arthur Pic who also headed the order for a spell.

Johnny Cecotto, who had previously announced his retirement, was sixth ahead of Trident team-mate and Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello. The Italian lost out on one quick lap when he was stuck behind GP2 debutant Dean Stoneman.

Richie Stanaway was briefly fastest as others came in for a mid-session pitstop.

The Kiwi couldn't maintain his place though and had to settle for eighth, edging out Norman Nato and Sergey Sirotkin, who once again struggled to keep his Rapax car on track at his home event.

Stanaway's fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans struggled in the session and will start 18th, behind his Russian Time team-mate Artem Markelov.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Alex Lynn DAMS 2m01.840s -
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 2m01.878s 0.038s
3 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 2m02.141s 0.301s
4 Pierre Gasly DAMS 2m02.385s 0.545s
5 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 2m02.450s 0.610s
6 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 2m02.690s 0.850s
7 Raffaele Marciello Trident 2m02.709s 0.869s
8 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 2m02.998s 1.158s
9 Norman Nato Arden International 2m03.133s 1.293s
10 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 2m03.223s 1.383s
11 Andre Negrao Arden International 2m03.382s 1.542s
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 2m03.519s 1.679s
13 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 2m03.523s 1.683s
14 Jordan King Racing Engineering 2m03.622s 1.782s
15 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 2m03.731s 1.891s
16 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 2m03.751s 1.911s
17 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 2m04.004s 2.164s
18 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 2m04.072s 2.232s
19 Dean Stoneman Carlin 2m04.093s 2.253s
20 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 2m04.658s 2.818s
21 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 2m04.994s 3.154s
22 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 2m04.998s 3.158s
23 Robert Visoiu Rapax 2m05.784s 3.944s
24 Sean Gelael Carlin 2m08.361s 6.521s

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