A great late lap by Sergey Sirotkin secured the Russian pole position for Saturday’s Feature race at the Hockenheimring, denying the on-form Pierre Gasly by just 0.016 seconds.
Sirotkin waited until three minutes from the end of the session to set his best time, with the ART Grand Prix driver looking to convert his third pole position of the year into his first Feature race victory of the season, to add to his first Sprint race victory that he secured a week ago in Hungary.
Gasly was looking good for his own third pole of the year only to see Sirotkin deny him, but the Prema Racing driver is still in a good position on the grid as he aims for his third consecutive Feature race victory after triumphs at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
Raffaele Marciello was third fastest for Russian Time, 0.176 seconds off the pace, but there was disappointment for Antonio Giovinazzi, with the Prema Racing driver having his times deleted after the undertray his car was found to contravene height regulations. The Italian had qualified fourth, but will now start at the back of the grid.
Oliver Rowland will therefore move up to fourth for MP Motorsport, just 0.220 seconds off the ultimate pace, and 0.009 seconds ahead of Alex Lynn of DAMS, while Norman Nato will start sixth for Racing Engineering.
Lynn’s and Nato’s respective team-mates Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King will start seventh and eighth respectively, with Marvin Kirchhöfer of Carlin and Artem Markelov of Russian Time completing the top ten.
Hockenheimring Feature Race Qualifying Result
|1||2||Sergey Sirotkin||RUS||ART Grand Prix||1:22.193|
|2||21||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Prema Racing||1:22.209|
|3||9||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Russian Time||1:22.369|
|4||22||Oliver Rowland||GBR||MP Motorsport||1:22.413|
|6||3||Norman Nato||FRA||Racing Engineering||1:22.489|
|8||4||Jordan King||GBR||Racing Engineering||1:22.548|
|10||10||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:22.805|
|11||1||Nobuharu Matsushita||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:22.812|
|14||7||Mitch Evans||NZL||Campos Racing||1:23.398|
|15||23||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1:23.400|
|18||24||Nabil Jeffri||MAY||Arden International||1:23.497|
|19||25||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Arden International||1:23.535|
|20||8||Sean Gelael||INO||Campos Racing||1:23.784|
|21||14||Philo Paz Armand||INO||Trident||1:24.399|
|22||20||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Prema Racing||No Time|