GP2: Antonio Giovinazzi takes maiden pole in Baku

//GP2: Antonio Giovinazzi takes maiden pole in Baku

GP2: Antonio Giovinazzi takes maiden pole in Baku

PREMA Racing rookie denies Nobuharu Matsushita

Rookie Antonio Giovinazzi has adapted quickly to the Baku City Circuit: P2 in the free practice session this morning, he emerged on top in a dramatic qualifying session this afternoon. The Italian set a blazing laptime of 1:51.752 denying Nobuharu Matsushita by 0.08s in the dying minutes. Sergey Sirotkin took P3.
The early evening session opened under grey skies and in windy conditions. The drivers fed onto the track on Pirelli Supersoft tyres and it was Oliver Rowland who set the early pace in a 1:54.156 through heavy traffic, but his laptime was soon bettered by three tenths by Matsushita. Pierre Gasly then became the first man to dip under 1m53s.
Halfway thru the session, the yellow flags were out after Daniël de Jong and Philo Paz Armand went off at Turn 3. De Jong managed to re-join the track safely, but Armand did not which led to a red flag period. At the restart, Giovinazzi found a clear lap and some extra pace to sit pretty at the top with a laptime of 1:52.692.
In the closing stages, the majority of the drivers improved on their personal best. Sirotkin topped the timesheets in a 1:52.532 but Giovinazzi went quickest again in a 1:51.894. Matsushita improved on the Italian’s laptime and went P1. With three minutes left on the clock, Giovinazzi put his head down and reclaimed the top spot in a 1:51.752 – +0.08s better than Matsushita who returned to the pits.
At the chequered flag, Sirotkin took third ahead of Raffaele Marciello, Luca Ghiotto, Rowland, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Gasly, Norman Nato and Sergio Canamasas.

Baku, Azerbaijan – Qualifying session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:51.752
12
2.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:51.841
10
3.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:52.532
11
4.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.555
11
5.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:52.691
13
6.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:52.739
11
7.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:52.756
11
8.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:52.760
11
9.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:52.929
13
10.
Sergio Canamasas
Carlin
1:52.962
11
11.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:52.962
11
12.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.040
13
13.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:53.092
10
14.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:53.226
11
15.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:53.401
13
16.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:53.702
12
17.
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:54.000
12
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:54.034
12
19
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:54.213
12
20.
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:54.717
11
21.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:55.333
14
22.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:57.692
4
2018-07-17T23:06:40+00:00June 17th, 2016|GP 2 series|