Luca Filippi storms to GP2 pole at Singapore

As Valsecchi and Razia qualify 6th and 9th respectively



21 September 2012 - 14:49
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Luca Filippi has secured pole position for tomorrow’s final GP2 feature race of the season around the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore, ahead of the Carlin of Max Chilton. Esteban Gutierrez will start tomorrow’s race from 3rd, whereas Championship contenders Valsecchi and Razia will start from 6th and 9th respectively.

In stark contrast to the conditions during practice earlier in the day, the GP2 qualifying session was run in dry conditions and under the floodlights for the first time in the history of the Series. James Calado once again led the field out as the session got underway, and also set the initial pace with a slow 02:10.475. This time was immediately thwarted by Fabio Onidi, before Calado once again returned to the top with a much quicker lap.

Felipe Nasr then went fastest, with a 02:01.378. The Brazilian is one of only two drivers on the grid who has previous experience of the tricky Marina Bay street circuit. Esteban Gutierrez then stormed to the top as the session progressed, whereas Simon Trummer ran wide at turn 9 and splashed through a puddle in the run-off area.

Championship leader Davide Valsecchi then flew to the top of the timing sheets with a 02:00.287, as his fellow Championship rival of Luiz Razia slotted into 2nd position. Many eyebrows were then raised throughout the GP2 paddock as Jolyon Palmer went fastest on the harder tyre with a 02:00.102. Regardless of Palmer’s pace on the harder of the two tyre compounds, the majority of the pack returned to the track still running the softer tyre compound.

Max Chilton, was was yesterday confirmed as the Marussia F1 reserve driver for the remainder of the season, then went fastest with a 01:59.496. The Briton’s reign at the top was quickly brought to an end by the Coloni of Luca Filippi, who stormed to provisional pole with a 01:59.444. Filippi’s reign at the top was cemented in the closing minutes of the session when the Ocean Racing Technology of Nigel Melker slammed into the wall at turn 18. This immediately brought out the red flag, prematurely ending the qualifying session.

With roughly only one minute of the session remaining, the session was not resumed, thus securing Luca Filippi pole position in only his second race of the season. Championship contenders Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia could only manage 6th and 9th respectively, with the Italian driver able to clinch the Championship tomorrow morning regarding he has a competitive race.

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1. Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:59.444 10
2. Max Chilton Carlin 1:59.496 10
3. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:59.908 12
4. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 2:00.102 11
5. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 2:00.113 9
6. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 2:00.287 10
7. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 2:00.335 11
8. Stefano Coletti Rapax 2:00.364 9
9. Luiz Razia Arden International 2:00.365 11
10. Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus 2:00.634 9
11. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 2:00.671 10
12. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 2:00.695 9
13. Felipe Nasr DAMS 2:00.720 11
14. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 2:00.906 10
15. James Calado Lotus GP 2:00.954 10
16. Rio Haryanto Carlin 2:01.031 10
17. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 2:01.204 10
18. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 2:01.308 10
19. Julian Leal Trident Racing 2:01.474 9
20. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 2:01.656 6
21. Simon Trummer Arden International 2:01.961 10
22. Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology 2:02.110 10
23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 2:02.260 10
24. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 2:02.376 10
25. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 2:03.218 10
26. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 2:04.174 11


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