Spa GP2: Rio Haryanto claims maiden pole in wet

Rio Haryanto took his maiden GP2 Series pole position for Saturday's feature race at Spa-Francorchamps

Spa GP2: Rio Haryanto claims maiden pole in wet

The Indonesian set the fastest time near the end of a treacherously-wet qualifying session on Friday.

The session was delayed by 15 minutes due to torrential rain, Although it did not dry out properly it became significantly less wet and the times tumbled throughout. Pole position changed hands eight times in 30 minutes.

Carlin driver Haryanto was in the mix for pole for the duration, locked in a fascinating battle with Lotus duo James Calado and Esteban Gutierrez, and iSport's Marcus Ericsson around one of the world's most spectacular - and most testing - circuits.

Haryanto's penultimate effort of 2m17.535s was enough for the top spot by just over a tenth of a second from a valiant Calado, who never gave up his chase.

Gutierrez was another tenth back in third, with fourth-placed Ericsson over half a second slower than the pole time - even though he was on top with just five minutes to go.

Jolyon Palmer's last-lap flyer meant there were two iSport cars in the top five, ahead of title contender Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) in sixth.

Championship leader Luiz Razia, who leads Valsecchi by seven points, suffered a disastrous session, and will start 18th in his Arden entry. He was actually 19th fastest, but Fabio Onidi has a 10-place grid penalty ahead of him.

Sergio Canamasas was a highly impressive seventh for the unfancied Lazarus team, ahead of practice pacesetter Fabio Leimer, Felipe Nasr and Giedo van der Garde.

Haryanto's four points for pole elevate him to 13th in the drivers' championship.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Rio Haryanto Carlin 2m17.535s 2. James Calado Lotus 2m17.643s + 0.108s 3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus 2m17.736s + 0.201s 4. Marcus Ericsson iSport 2m18.058s + 0.523s 5. Jolyon Palmer iSport 2m18.368s + 0.833s 6. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 2m18.397s + 0.862s 7. Sergio Canamasas Lazarus 2m18.582s + 1.047s 8. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 2m18.603s + 1.068s 9. Felipe Nasr DAMS 2m18.801s + 1.266s 10. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 2m18.930s + 1.395s 11. Stefano Coletti Coloni 2m19.328s + 1.793s 12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 2m19.721s + 2.186s 13. Max Chilton Carlin 2m19.803s + 2.268s 14. Fabio Onidi Coloni 2m20.100s + 2.565s 15. Josef Kral Addax 2m20.224s + 2.689s 16. Victor Guerin Ocean 2m20.289s + 2.754s 17. Julian Leal Trident 2m20.455s + 2.920s 18. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 2m20.484s + 2.949s 19. Luiz Razia Arden 2m20.712s + 3.177s 20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham 2m20.752s + 3.217s 21. Nigel Melker Ocean 2m20.888s + 3.353s 22. Daniel de Jong Rapax 2m20.921s + 3.386s 23. Stephane Richelmi Trident 2m21.070s + 3.535s 24. Simon Trummer Arden 2m21.790s + 4.255s 25. Johnny Cecotto Addax 2m21.942s + 4.407s 26. Rene Binder Lazarus 2m22.795s + 5.260s 
shares
comments
Spa GP2: Fabio Leimer fastest in soaking practice

Previous article

Spa GP2: Fabio Leimer fastest in soaking practice

Next article

Spa GP2: Points leader Luiz Razia rues disastrous qualifying

Spa GP2: Points leader Luiz Razia rues disastrous qualifying
Load comments
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Plus

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books Plus

The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers Plus

The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers

Formula 2 used to be about more than providing a stepping stone to F1. For three decades it often provided another setting for the world’s best to fight it out. Autosport picks out the very best races

FIA F2
May 16, 2021
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

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021
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