Red Bull protege Daniil Kvyat scored his first GP3 pole position at Monza on Saturday morning by over half a second to keep his title hopes burning.
His session started with a problem, as he needed a bump start that involved most of his MW Arden crew falling over as they did so. However, once on track, Kvyat dominated the session.
The Russian's first effort, a 1m37.368s, put him on top in the first half of the 30-minute session, and then he worked down to a 1m36.933s on his second set of fresh tyres - the only driver in the 27-car field to dip under the 1m37s bracket.
Team-mate Robert Visoiu took the fight to him, but the two-time race winner was over half a second down on the pole time.
Recently-deposed points leader Tio Ellinas began his fightback, setting the third-fastest time in his Manor machine.
Carlin duo Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly will start fourth and fifth, although both spun near the end of the session. Yelloly rotated when he dropped his left-rear wheel onto the gravel at Roggia, while Sims outbraked himself at Parabolica.
After that, David Fumanelli's car broke down at Rettifilo, so the last laps of the session meant no improvements.
Carlos Sainz Jr will start sixth, having all-but-matched Kvyat's pace on Friday, ahead of ART's title contenders Conor Daly and Facu Regalia - who was fastest overall in the final sector - with Kevin Korjus and Lewis Williamson rounding out the top 10.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1m36.933s 2. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m37.444s +0.511s 3. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m37.526s +0.593s 4. Alexander Sims Carlin 1m37.580s +0.647s 5. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1m37.602s +0.669s 6. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1m37.619s +0.686s 7. Conor Daly ART 1m37.708s +0.775s 8. Facu Regalia ART 1m37.715s +0.782s 9. Kevin Korjus Koiranen 1m37.723s +0.790s 10. Lewis Williamson Bamboo 1m37.942s +1.009s 11. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m37.991s +1.058s 12. Jack Harvey ART 1m38.111s +1.178s 13. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m38.113s +1.180s 14. Adderly Fong Status 1m38.141s +1.208s 15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen 1m38.388s +1.455s 16. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m38.419s +1.486s 17. Melville McKee Bamboo 1m38.450s +1.517s 18. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m38.495s +1.562s 19. Alex Fontana Jenzer 1m38.522s +1.589s 20. David Fumanelli Trident 1m38.566s +1.633s 21. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 1m38.606s +1.673s 22. Jimmy Eriksson Status 1m38.615s +1.682s 23. Josh Webster Status 1m38.660s +1.727s 24. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1m38.934s +2.001s 25. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m39.312s +2.379s 26. Samin Gomez Jenzer 1m39.474s +2.541s 27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo 1m40.218s +3.285s