Richelmi Beats Palmer to Catalunya Pole


Stephane Richelmi beat DAMS team-mate and GP2 Championship leader Jolyon Palmer to take pole position for the feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The Monegasque driver put in a lap of 1:29.293s to beat Brit Palmer by 0.128s.

Richelmi set the initial pace early in the session, and improved his time late on to hold off the challenge of his team-mate, who had taken pole position in the first round in Bahrain last month.

Whereas it is an all-DAMS front row, it is an all-Racing Engineering row two, with the second Monegasque driver in the field, Stefano Coletti, ahead of team-mate and Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello. Carlin’s Felipe Nasr will start from fifth position on the grid, just ahead of New Zealander Mitch Evans for Russian Time.

Colombian Julian Leal, who struggled in this mornings free practice session, will start from seventh place in the second Carlin entry, ahead of another driver who disappointed in the morning Alexander Rossi. The American will start eighth for EQ8 Caterham Racing.

Series debutant Tio Ellinas impressed to qualify in ninth for MP Motorsport, and qualified ahead of the Bahrain feature race winner Stoffel Vandoorne who will start tenth for ART Grand Prix. The McLaren reserve driver finished the session 0.670s slower than the pole time set by Richelmi.

Series returnees Tom Dillmann and Sergio Canamasas will start 12th and 20th respectively for Arden International and Trident Racing, but one of the stars of the Bahrain weekend who took his maiden podium finish, Rapax driver Simon Trummer, struggled in Spain, and will start a lowly 24th.

Spain Feature Race Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS 1:29.293
2 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS 1:29.421
3 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering 1:29.514
4 Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 1:29.650
5 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 1:29.698
6 Mitch Evans NZL RT Russian Time 1:29.703
7 Julian Leal COL Carlin 1:29.841
8 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:29.893
9 Tio Ellinas CYP MP Motorsport 1:29.902
10 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 1:29.963
11 Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:29.983
12 Tom Dillmann FRA Arden International 1:30.289
13 Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing 1:30.300
14 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.412
15 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.470
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr VEN Trident Racing 1:30.496
17 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing 1:30.510
18 Rene Binder AUT Arden International 1:30.553
19 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport 1:30.617
20 Sergio Canamasas ESP Trident Racing 1:30.737
21 Facu Regalia ARG Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.790
22 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax 1:30.884
23 Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix 1:30.903
24 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax 1:30.923
25 Artem Markelov RUS RT Russian Time 1:31.336
26 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:31.558