GP2 Qualifying: Live Updates From Abu Dhabi


The circuit in Abu Dhabi is dominated by the futuristic Yas Hotel - Photo Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
The circuit in Abu Dhabi is dominated by the futuristic Yas Hotel - Photo Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Welcome to our live coverage of GP2 qualifying from Abu Dhabi. Stoffel Vandoorne was fastest in practice, lets see if the Belgian can reproduce that pace in qualifying.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:11

Qualifying is now underway in Abu Dhabi. 30 minutes of action ahead.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:13

A lot at stake here in qualifying. Vandoorne will be desperate to take pole position to keep up with Sauber-bound Felipe Nasr in the fight for 2nd in the championship.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:15

Vandoorne is gunning for four pole positions in a row which would be a new GP2 record.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:17

At the moment it’s our champion Jolyon Palmer on provisional pole followed by Vandoorne and Richelmi

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:19

Haryanto up to 4th

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:20

Palmer and Vandoorne on fast laps but Sorensen just a fraction off the provisional pole time at the moment

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:21

Sorensen lost a lot of time in the final sector and falls down the field

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:21

Vandoorne goes fastest with a 1.48.736

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:22

Evans jumps up to 5th and Pic goes up to 8th

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:24

Cars sliding all over the place. Not a lot of grip out there as we see a replay of Cecotto almost losing the rear end on the exit of the final corner.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:25

At the moment the top five is: Vandoorne, Palmer, Richelmi, Coletti and Evans

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:26

Yellow flags briefly out for debris on track but they’re away now and track is green again.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:27

It’s all quiet out on track now as new tyres are fitted and everyone prepares for their final runs with 13 minutes remaining in the session.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:29

Cars are emerging from the pit lane now. Everyone weaving around the Yas Marina circuit as they prepare for the final 10 minutes of qualifying.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:34

Big lock up from Giovesi as he tries to lift himself off the bottom of the pack. It’s a sloppy lap but he moves up to 15th.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:35

5 minutes remaining in qualifying. Vandoorne still on provisional pole.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:35

Palmer fastest in sector one.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:36

Lots of drivers posting fastest sectors at the moment!

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:37

Richelmi goes fastest!

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:37

But Palmer beats him with a 1.48.187!

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:38

Can anyone beat Palmer? Of course they can and who else but Vandoorne! The Belgian posts a 1.48.088

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:39

The top three are separated by less than three tenths with one flying lap left. Here we go!

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:42

Palmer runs wide going into the final corner so he can’t beat Vandoorne and neither can his team-mate Richelmi.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:43

It’s Stoffel Vandoorne on pole! And with that he cuts the gap to Felipe Nasr to just four points.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:43

Nasr will start 5th

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:44

Vandoorne, who is giving Mclaren a lot to think about, takes his fourth pole position in a row which is a GP2 record. Impressive stuff from the young Belgian.

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:47

So the top three is as follows:

1.Stoffel Vandoorne 1:48.088
2. Jolyon Palmer +0.099
3. Stephane Richelmi +0.286

Aaron Rook November 21, 201415:49

That’s all from GP2 qualifying in Abu Dhabi. Check back very soon for a full qualifying report with full results.