Palmer takes fourth F2 pole

Jolyon Palmer claimed his fourth Formula 2 pole position of the season at Portimao this morning, pinching the top spot from practice pace-setter Benjamin Bailly

Palmer takes fourth F2 pole

Palmer left it late to extract the best from his set of new tyres and toppled Bailly, who had been quickest in every session up until qualifying, from his perch.

Jack Clarke and Nicola de Marco will share the second row of the grid for this afternoon's first race, just 0.018s and 0.024s slower than Bailly's time.

Kazim Vasiliauskas was only half a tenth off Bailly but will start just fifth, with Philipp Eng concluding the top six after lying third for much of the half hour.

Will Bratt and Ivan Samarin will occupy row four, with title contender Dean Stoneman down in ninth alongside Ricardo Teixeira.

There were no major incidents during the session, though Bailly, Teixeira, Armaan Ebrahim, Plamen Kralev and Kelvin Snoeks were all cautioned for exceeding the track limits at the Turn 5 hairpin.

Pos Driver Time Gap Laps 1. Jolyon Palmer 1m35.700s 16 2. Benjamin Bailly 1m35.915s +0.215 14 3. Jack Clarke 1m35.933s +0.233 16 4. Nicola de Marco 1m35.957s +0.257 15 5. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m36.009s +0.309 14 6. Philipp Eng 1m36.012s +0.312 16 7. Will Bratt 1m36.172s +0.472 15 8. Ivan Samarin 1m36.296s +0.596 14 9. Dean Stoneman 1m36.382s +0.682 14 10. Ricardo Teixeira 1m36.442s +0.742 15 11. Kelvin Snoeks 1m36.495s +0.795 13 12. Benjamin Lariche 1m36.502s +0.802 15 13. Natalia Kowalska 1m36.550s +0.850 14 14. Sergei Afanasiev 1m36.788s +1.088 16 15. Mihai Marinescu 1m36.855s +1.155 16 16. Armaan Ebrahim 1m37.031s +1.331 15 17. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m37.068s +1.368 12 18. Plamen Kralev 1m37.769s +2.069 13 
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