Fittipaldi grabs dominant Motorland Pole as Binder Suffers with Track Limits


Pietro Fittipaldi took his seventh pole of 2017 - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Pietro Fittipaldi secured a super seventh pole position of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 season at Motorland Aragon on Saturday morning.

But for his Championship-leading team-mate Rene Binder, it was a disappointing session as he had two quick laps deleted that meant he was unable to better seventh on the grid.

Fittipaldi set the initial pace with a lap of 1:41.363s but the Brazilian returned to the track later in the session to improve to a 1:41.222s and then a 1:40.625s, which was more than enough for pole position.

Binder had set a time that would have seen a Lotus front-row lock-out, but the Austrian saw that lap time deleted after exceeding track limits at turn nine, the same corner that saw an earlier lap time removed.

As a result, joining Fittipaldi on the front row will be Egor Orudzhev, but the SMP Racing by AVF driver was 0.681 seconds down on the pole time, while Fortec Motorsports will see their drivers start on the second row, rookie Diego Menchaca ahead of championship contender Alfonso Celis Jr.

RP Motorsport drivers will start fifth and sixth, with Yu Kanamaru ahead of Roy Nissany, while Matevos Isaakyan will start eighth for SMP Racing by AVF just behind the disappointed Binder.

Damiano Fioravanti, Konstantin Tereschenko and Giuseppe Cipriani complete the field, with Nelson Mason again absent from proceedings.

Motorland Aragon Race 1 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
14Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:40.625
25Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.306
38Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.407
47Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.523
512Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:41.565
611Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:41.700
73Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.704
86Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.721
921Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:42.068
109Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.369
1115Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:43.953