Barcelona, Qual.: Vandoorne scorches to pole in Barcelona

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By Olivier Ferret

8 May 2015 - 16:50

Stoffel Vandoorne has continued his crushing form, dominating his rivals to steal a record sixth pole in a row in scorching conditions this afternoon in Barcelona, leading almost all session long to take the top spot from Williams test driver Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly.

The ART driver was untouchable today, stopping the clock at 1:29.273 late in the session to take pole by over four tenths, despite the best efforts of the remainder of the field. The Belgian was briefly delayed by a red flag on the first flying lap, brought out by a slowing Artem Markelov at turn 4, but the field was soon underway again and Vandoorne set the pace immediately, with Lynn closing to within a tenth as the field returned to the pits.

With temperatures ever increasing the drivers soon returned to the fray: Gasly closed to two tenths off the pace, but Vandoorne crushed his own best time once more and, although Lynn improved too, it was not enough to stop the Belgian claiming the top spot once again.

Behind the top three Mitch Evans, Alexander Rossi, Daniel De Jong, Raffaele Marciello, Rio Haryanto, rookie Nick Yelloly and Julian Leal closed out the top ten places, and will all be hoping for better conditions when battle resumes in tomorrow’s feature race.

PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:29.273 9
2. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:29.680 12
3. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:30.051 12
4. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:30.106 10
5. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:30.154 10
6. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.169 9
7. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:30.191 9
8. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:30.291 12
9. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.375 12
10. Julian Leal Carlin 1:30.402 12
11. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:30.411 9
12. Norman Nato Arden International 1:30.416 10
13. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:30.420 10
14. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:30.649 11
15. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:30.686 11
16. Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:30.722 13
17. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:30.879 11
18. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:30.891 9
19. Nathanaël Berthon Lazarus 1:31.029 8
20. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:31.042 10
21. Johnny Cecotto Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.049 10
22. André Negrao Arden International 1:31.390 10
23. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:31.394 14
24. Rene Binder Trident 1:31.397 10
25. Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:31.751 10
26. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME

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