GP2 Monaco: Alexander Rossi takes pole position in wet conditions


Alexander Rossi claimed his first GP2 pole position of the season in wet conditions in Monaco.

Qualifying was split into two 16 minute groups with thirteen cars competing in each. Group A consisted of odd numbered cars while group B saw the even numbered cars take to the track.

Rossi set the pace in Group B on a drying track. The American was untouchable and finished the session more than half a second faster than free practice pace-setter Arthur Pic.

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello will line up alongside Rossi on the front row after topping the wetter Group A.

Stoffel Vandoorne, who had topped the timesheets in every GP2 qualifying session since Spa last year, will line up fourth after finishing runner-up in the Group A session.

Marciello mastered the wet conditions with ease and was comfotably faster than Vandoorne in the Group A session .

Daniel de Jong and Zoel Amberg didn’t find the conditions as easy though. De Jong, who will line up 10th, found himself nose first into the barrier at Mirabeau while Amberg lost his right rear wheel on the exit of Tabac.

Sergey Sirotkin and Julian Leal will line-up on row three with Brit’s Nick Yelloly and Jordan King in seventh and eighth respectively.

MP Motorsport team-mates Sergio Canamasas and De Jong round out the top ten.

Many title challengers found themselves further down the order than they were hoping due to the conditions. Mitch Evans, who initially had problems on his free practice out-lap, will start down in 18th.

While Barcelona sprint race winner Alex Lynn and Bahrain sprint race winner Rio Haryanto will start down in 17th and 20th.