GP2 Austria Qualifying: Vandoorne wins record breaking pole
After a free practice session that was claimed by Sergey Sirotkin, the thirty minute long qualifying session was marked by a great battle between Sirotkin and Vandoorne. Belgian driver will be on pole for tomorrow’s feature race and he has made a new GP2 record with seven pole positions in the series. The session began 15:55PM GMT+2. Sergey Sirotkin took the early lead by completing the fastest flying lap with 1:15.296. Sirotkin improved to 1:14.740, but Vandoorne was faster with 1:14.721. Sirotkin then made an identical time of 1:14.721, pushing Vandoorne to try improving his lap. Vandoorne couldn’t match Sirotkin’s 1:14.686 time and did 1:14.696. He was followed by Pierre Gasly who did 1:14.846.
Halfway into the race, many cars pitted in a traditional break and Alexander Rossi suffered braking problems, but returned to the track. Nick Yelloly took advantage of the empty track and got up to fourth by doing 1:14.959. In the final minutes the real action started. Alex Lynn went to third, pushing Gasly to fourth, and Mitch Evans claimed the fifth position. Vandoorne reclaimed the lead with 1:14.174 and Sirotkin improved to 1:14.434, but was pushed to third by Nobuharu Matsushita, and then to fourth by Pierre Gasly. Rio Haryanto settled for fifth, in front of Marciello, Yelloly, King, Pic and Alex Lynn who couldn’t keep the pace and finished tenth.
The full results are the following: