Petrov Storms To Monza Pole


Vitaly Petrov stormed qualifying today at Monza for round 9 of the GP2 series to take pole position and keep his championship hopes alive.

The day had started off bad after developing gearbox problems and Petrov suffering from an elbow injury which caused a lot of pain, but the young Russian turned things around and posted top times from the start of the session and finished it 0.391s up from the second place van der Garde.

Second place van der Garde was delighted with his qualifying performance and is looking forward to the race tomorrow: “It was good. The track was quite quick at the start and I set a really good lap on the first run. The car felt really good and we keep improving all the time. I think it will be an interesting race tomorrow with the weather and also starting right at the front which I have not done so far this season. I think we should be really quick in the race and have a great chance of a good result in the main race.”

Championship leader Nico Hulkenberg took third place and will start alongside Sergio Perez.

The two Racing Engineering cars of Lucas di Grassi and Dani Clos both took a 10 place grid drop after being given the penalties in Belgium two weeks ago.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Vitaly Petrov        Addax               1m30.007s
 2.  Giedo van der Garde  iSport              1m30.398s  + 0.391s
 3.  Nico Hulkenberg      ART                 1m30.436s  + 0.429s
 4.  Sergio Perez         Arden               1m30.460s  + 0.453s
 5.  Pastor Maldonado     ART                 1m30.596s  + 0.589s
 6.  Roldan Rodriguez     Piquet              1m30.634s  + 0.627s
 7.  Diego Nunes          iSport              1m30.729s  + 0.722s
 8.  Davide Valsecchi     Addax               1m30.768s  + 0.761s
 9.  Andreas Zuber        Coloni              1m30.803s  + 0.796s
10.  Javier Villa         Super Nova          1m30.831s  + 0.824s
11.  Alberto Valerio      Piquet              1m30 911s  + 0.904s
12.  Davide Rigon         Trident             1m30.922s  + 0.915s
13.  Luca Filippi         Super Nova          1m31.024s  + 1.017s
14.  Lucas di Grassi      Racing Engineering  1m30.504s  + 0.497s *
15.  Johnny Cecotto       DPR                 1m31.080s  + 1.073s
16.  Luiz Razia           Coloni              1m31.112s  + 1.105s
17.  Alvaro Parente       Ocean               1m31.160s  + 1.153s
18.  Kamui Kobayashi      DAMS                1m31.303s  + 1.296s
19.  Karun Chandhok       Ocean               1m31.325s  + 1.318s
20   Michael Herck        DPR                 1m31.347s  + 1.340s
21.  Jerome d'Ambrosio    DAMS                1m31.455s  + 1.448s
22.  Edoardo Mortara      Arden               1m31.887s  + 1.880s
23.  Ricardo Teixeira     Trident             1m32.640s  + 2.633s
24.  Dani Clos            Racing Engineering  1m31.021s  + 1.014s *
* 10 place grid penalty
All Timing Unofficial

Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro / GP2 Series Media