Palmer Grabs Maiden GP2 Pole Under The Lights


Palmer will head an all Carlin front row for the first race of the weekend (Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)

Carlin driver Jolyon Palmer has gained his first pole position in GP2 as he dominated the Friday running under the floodlights of Singapore.

Posting a 1:53.600 he was two tenths of a second faster than team mate Felipe Nasr, who himself was only 0.018 faster than GP2 series leader Fabio Leimer.

With all the grid opting for the super soft Pirelli rubber, Alexander Rossi and Nasr set the earlier pace locking in times in the 1:54s – that’s how it stayed until 10 minutes into the session as Mitch Evans overshot a braking zone and hit the barriers going into turn 10 meaning yellow flags slowed the running until the kiwis car could be cleared.

Unfortunately they didn’t get much green flag running as Daniel Abt slowed to a halt at turn 14 and Trident rookie Gianmarco Raimondo crashed into the barriers under the grandstand at turn 18.

When the wreckage was finally recovered there was a mad dash from the pits to try and set that fabled pole time. It was then that Palmer took his chance, on a clean lap he darted his way around the Marina Bay circuit and to the top of the times.

In fourth place was Alexander Rossi who claimed a season best, in fifth is Stephane Richelmi and sixth is Tom Dillmann. Dillmann’s RUSSIAN TIME teammate Sam Bird will have quite a bit of work to do in the first race as he starts tenth.