Vandoorne gets maiden pole at home GP
Stoffel Vandoorne was the fastest man on the qualifying session today in Spa-Francorchamps. Championship leader Jolyon Palmer was second followed by Evans and Marciello. Nasr was only 11th.
By: Ramon López and Arnau Viñals
Cecotto started leading the session, but the other drivers were quickly ahead of him. Palmer set the pace followed by Vandoorne and Richelmi. Julián Leal was coming on a very fast lap but found yellow flags in the last sector caused by Izawa. Most drivers went back to the pits as the times were not improving.
Halfway through the session, Palmer led ahead of Marciello, Cecotto, Vandoorne and Leal.
With 5 minutes left, times started to improve. Leal went 4th although his teammate Felipe Nasr got in his way. Palmer thought he had the pole in his pocket and pitted 3 minutes before the end of the session, but Stoffel Vandoorne improved his time and got the pole just by 0,018s. Mitch Evans also improved and went 3rd.
|1||10||Stoffel Vandoorne (R)||BEL||ART Grand Prix||10||1:56,839|
|2||7||Joylon Palmer||GBR||Dams||8||1:56,857||+ 0,018|
|3||1||Mitch Evans||NZ||RT Russian Time||11||1:57,057||+ 0,218|
|4||5||Raffaele Marciello (R)||ITA||Racing Engineering||13||1:57,237||+ 0,398|
|5||23||Johnny Cecotto||VEN||Trident||12||1:57,244||+ 0,405|
|6||4||Julián Leal||COL||Carlin||13||1:57,271||+ 0,432|
|7||24||Nathanaël Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||12||1:57,272||+ 0,433|
|8||15||Simon Trummer||CHE||Rapax||10||1:57,284||+ 0,445|
|9||21||Marco Sørensen (R)||DAN||MP Motorsport||11||1:57,389||+ 0,550|
|10||8||Stéphane Richelmi||MON||Dams||10||1:57,448||+ 0,609|
|11||3||Felipe Nasr||BRA||Carlin||11||1:57,475||+ 0,636|
|12||26||Arhur Pic (R)||FRA||Campos Racing||10||1:57,516||+ 0,677|
|13||20||Daniël de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||11||1:57,706||+ 0,867|
|14||19||Tom Dillmann||FRA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||11||1:56,932||+ 0,093|
|15||25||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||12||1:57,788||+ 0,949|
|16||6||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||11||1:57,844||+ 1,005|
|17||16||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||12||1:57,851||+ 1,012|
|18||11||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||13||1:57,875||+ 1,036|
|19||18||Rio Haryanto||IND||EQ8 Caterham Racing||12||1:57,974||+ 1,135|
|20||17||André Negrao (R)||BRA||Arden International||12||1:58,002||+ 1,163|
|21||14||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||GBR||Rapax||12||1:58,005||+ 1,166|
|22||27||Kimiya Sato (R)||JAP||Campos Racing||10||1:58,185||+ 1,346|
|23||12||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||13||1:58,218||+ 1,379|
|24||22||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident||12||1:58,295||+ 1,456|
|25||2||Artem Markelov (R)||RUS||RT Russian Time||10||1:58,470||+ 1,631|
|9||Takuya Izawa (R)||JAP||ART Grand Prix||2||2:40,364||+ 43,525|