Advantage Sainz as Red Bull Juniors Lock Out Front Row


Carlos Sainz Jr took his seventh pole position of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season as he took the early advantage at Paul Ricard as he aims to get his championship campaign back on track.

The DAMS driver set a best lap time late in the mornings qualifying session of 1:47.436 to beat his fellow Red Bull Junior driver Pierre Gasly of Arden Motorsport into second position by six hundredths of a second.

Matthieu Vaxiviere continued the Lotus team’s good form this weekend with third position on the grid, ahead of Sainz’s main rival for the title Roberto Merhi, with the sole Zeta Corse driver of the weekend finishing up fourth.

Sergey Sirotkin was fifth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of AV Formula’s Zoel Amberg, while Friday pacesetter Marlon Stockinger was seventh in the second Lotus.

Oliver Rowland was eighth in the second Fortec Motorsports machine, with ISR Racing’s Jazeman Jaafar ninth while Marco Sorensen completed the top ten for Tech 1 Racing.

Paul Ricard Race 1 Qualifying Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS 1:47.436
2 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport 1:47.498
3 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus 1:47.784
4 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 1:47.879
5 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsports 1:47.950
6 Zoel Amberg SWI AV Formula 1:47.976
7 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus 1:48.068
8 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsports 1:48.106
9 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR 1:48.182
10 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 1:48.208
11 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 1:48.255
12 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 1:48.275
13 Esteban Ocon FRA Comtec Racing 1:48.298
14 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing 1:48.352
15 Nicholas Latifi CAN Tech 1 Racing 1:48.434
16 William Buller GBR Arden Motorsports 1:48.458
17 Norman Nato FRA DAMS 1:48.505
18 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 1:48.551
19 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula 1:48.566
20 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 1:48.647
21 Oscar Tunjo COL Pons Racing 1:48.698
22 Cameron Twynham GBR Comtec Racing 1:49.086