Piquet takes pole for Brazil

Nelson Piquet Junior will start from pole position in tomorrow's A1 Grand Prix sprint race at Estoril

Piquet takes pole for Brazil

Piquet opted not to set a competitive time in the first of the four 15-minute sessions but was fastest in two of the next three to take his second pole of the year.

Neel Jani set the pace in the third session on his way to an excellent second for Team Switzerland, while Alexandre Premat, who held the top spot going into the final session, had to be content with third for Team France.

Tomas Enge continued his strong form for the Czech team with fourth, but his IRL teammate Tomas Scheckter had another torrid time and lines up 16th.

Jos Verstappen gave the Dutch fans plenty to cheer about with a promising fifth overall, just ahead of the Team Portugal car of Alvaro Parente.

The two CMS-run cars did well - Fairuz Fauzy set a season best eighth for Team Malaysia, one place ahead of Ananda Mikola in the Indonesian car.

It wasn't a great day for Team Great Britain, however, and Robbie Kerr was down in 10th, but things were even worse for Team Ireland. Ralph Firman stopped on track in the final session and will start back in 18th.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Aggr. Gap
1. Nelson Piquet Jr Brazil 1:50.201 1:30.755 1:31.692 1:30.561 3:01.316
2. Neel Jani Switzerland 1:32.971 1:31.096 1:31.186 1:30.734 3:01.830 + 0.514
3. Alexandre Premat France 1:32.354 1:31.087 1:31.834 1:31.463 3:02.550 + 1.234
4. Tomas Enge Czech Republic 1:33.301 1:31.406 1:31.542 1:32.089 3:02.948 + 1.632
5. Jos Verstappen Netherlands 1:33.612 1:31.659 1:32.542 1:31.551 3:03.210 + 1.894
6. Alvaro Parente Portugal 1:33.579 1:31.923 1:32.052 1:31.378 3:03.301 + 1.985
7. Sean Mcintosh Canada 1:34.386 1:32.066 1:33.201 1:31.301 3:03.367 + 2.051
8. Fairuz Fauzy Malaysia 1:34.872 1:32.130 1:32.889 1:31.337 3:03.467 + 2.151
9. Ananda Mikola Indonesia 1:34.834 1:32.785 1:31.520 1:32.481 3:04.001 + 2.685
10. Robbie Kerr Great Britain 1:35.642 1:31.782 1:32.382 1:33.315 3:04.164 + 2.848
11. Adrian Sutil Germany 1:34.076 1:32.625 1:32.695 1:31.556 3:04.181 + 2.865
12. Salvador Duran Mexico 1:34.294 1:32.887 1:31.750 1:32.697 3:04.447 + 3.131
13. Enrico Toccacelo Italy 1:36.320 1:34.242 1:32.114 1:32.602 3:04.716 + 3.400
14. Matt Halliday New Zealand 1:35.040 1:32.507 1:33.007 1:32.402 3:04.909 + 3.593
15. Scott Speed Usa 1:35.657 1:32.383 1:33.970 1:32.641 3:05.024 + 3.708
16. Tomas Scheckter South Africa 1:35.405 1:33.068 1:33.574 1:32.450 3:05.518 + 4.202
17. Mikhail Aleshin Russia 1:35.527 1:33.433 1:34.324 1:32.854 3:06.287 + 4.971
18. Ralph Firman Ireland 1:34.041 1:33.248     3:07.289 + 5.973
19. Will Davison Australia 1:35.965   1:33.988 1:33.339 3:07.327 + 6.011
20. Tengyi Jiang China 1:59.211 1:34.975 1:33.672 1:33.871 3:07.543 + 6.227
21. Mathias Lauda * Austria   1:35.752 1:33.927 1:33.991 3:07.918 + 6.602
22. Adam Khan Pakistan 1:35.977 1:35.091 1:36.030 1:33.885 3:08.976 + 7.660
23. Basil Shaaban Lebanon 1:35.822 1:35.511 1:34.807 1:35.616 3:10.318 + 9.002
24. Armaan Ebrahim India 1:38.955 1:37.230 1:35.702 1:35.247 3:10.949 + 9.633


* moves one place down due to technical infringement

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