Frenchman on pole alongside countryman Gasly
Norman Nato was the fastest man on track in this afternoon’s Qualifying session in Silverstone, handing himself a great birthday present by claiming his first pole position just as the circuit went red and holding the top spot ahead of countryman Pierre Gasly and Nicholas Latifi.
Nato’s time of 1:38.216 was under investigation during the session after he crossed the line just as red flags were shown for the stationary Oliver Rowland, but the race stewards were later satisfied that the lap was set on a live track as Nato went two tenths faster than the Red Bull tester, who was unable to improve enough when the session recommenced.

Qualifying opened under sunny conditions, with every driver launching immediately onto the track to take advantage. Unfortunately for Luca Ghiotto, his session was only to last a few corners, as the unlucky Italian ground to a halt at Turn 13 on his outlap. Rowland, Nato and Gasly set the pace straight out of the blocks, but a red flag seven minutes in to remove Nabil Jeffri’s car brought the field back to the pits earlier than expected.

The order on the timesheets was Gasly from Nato and Sergey Sirotkin, with the latter facing an investigation for missing a call to the weighbridge on his return, and when the track went live again the pitlane remained quiet until 20 minutes in, when almost everyone re-emerged to see if there were improvements to be had.

With five minutes remaining Nato and Gasly were both on great laps: the former crossed the line just as the red flags were shown, but the latter was further back and forced to pit again until Rowland’s car was removed from turn 4. The session restarted a few minutes later, with Gasly improving slightly but unable to shift his countryman from the top of the timesheets, while Latifi and Raffaele Marciello did just enough to shift Sirotkin on their last lap around, but the Russian held on ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, Mitch Evans, Jordan King, Arthur Pic and Oliver Rowland, who rounded out the top ten from the side of the circuit.

Silverstone, Great Britain – Qualifying session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:38.216
11
2.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:38.441
10
3.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:38.797
10
4.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:38.842
9
5.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:38.904
10
6.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:38.912
10
7.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:39.084
9
8.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:39.123
10
9.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:39.160
11
10.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:39.192
5
11.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:39.370
10
12.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:39.572
10
13.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:39.668
10
14.
Sergio Canamasas*
Carlin
1:39.749
10
15.
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:39.750
8
16.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:39.798
11
17.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:39.928
11
18.
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:40.459
11
19
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:40.838
10
20.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:41.160
4
21.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:41.385
10
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
0
*Car #18 – 3 place grid penalty – Showing unsporting behavior towards Car #22