ART Grand Prix driver denies Antonio Giovinazzi
Sergey Sirotkin took his second pole position of the season in today’s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The Russian driver set the fastest laptime in a 1:13.663 denying Antonio Giovinazzi by six thousandths. Pierre Gasly completed the top three.
The session opened once again in sunny conditions and warm temperatures. The drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tyres to good use. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace but Gasly was the first man to dip under 1m14s, lapping the Austrian track in a 1:13.974 and claiming the provisional pole.
Halfway through the session, the cars returned to the pits for fresh rubber. With ten minutes left on the clock, Alex Lynn led the final charge. On a busy track, Sirotkin found a clear lap to clock in a laptime of 1:13.663 – almost a second better than last year’s pole, and went top. Giovinazzi lit the first sector in purple and was on a flyer but went too wide in the final corner. The Italian driver had to settle for P2 ahead of teammate Gasly who also improved but not enough to start from the front row. On his final attempt, rookie Luca Ghiotto found some extra pace to move up to P4; his best qualifying result this season. The session ended under yellow flags after Jimmy Eriksson stopped at Turn 7.
At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Ghiotto, Artem Markelov, Raffaele Marciello, Oliver Rowland, Lynn, Norman Nato and Mitch Evans rounded up the top ten.
 
Spielberg, Austria – Qualifying session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:13.663
14
2.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:13.669
15
3.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:13.803
14
4.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:14.091
15
5.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:14.099
14
6.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:14.184
13
7.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:14.316
13
8.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:14.387
13
9.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:14.456
15
10.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:14.574
14
11.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:14.626
14
12.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:14.647
14
13.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:14.688
15
14.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:14.815
15
15.
Sergio Canamasas
Carlin
1:14.832
15
16.
René Binder
ART Grand Prix
1:14.886
12
17.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:14.958
15
18.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:15.020
15
19
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:15.112
14
20.
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:15.307
14
21.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:15.531
12
22.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:15.675
15