GP2 Series

Vietoris Claims Emphatic Pole In Wet Qualifying At Spa

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Christian Vietoris has taken pole position at Spa-Francorchamps after setting the quickest laptime of a wet GP2 qualifying session, though he could yet lose it after recording the time during yellow flags at the end of the session.

The German Racing Engineering driver was amongst the pacesetters throughout the session, taking top spot early on. Championship leader Romain Grosjean soon edged him out, before Luca Filippi took second place.

Marcus Ericsson bettered Grosjean's effort by 0.07 seconds at the midway point, before Filippi went quickest. Vietoris then returned to top spot, going eight tenths quicker than Filippi.

Sam Bird brought an early end to his session after losing control at Les Combes and ending up in the barrier. The Briton ended up 22nd at the checkered flag.

Into the final ten minutes, and on a drying track Adam Carroll moved up to second place. With five minutes remaining Charles Pic went six tenths clear of the rest of the field. Filippi took top spot back with two minutes remaining, shading Pic by 0.2s.

Pic then slowed to a halt exiting Blanchimont, bringing out the yellow flags as his car was recovered. Vietoris was already on a flying lap and went 1.434s quicker to take pole position.

Filippi remained in second, with Pic ending up third and Jules Bianchi climbing to fourth. Michael Herck was fifth ahead of Ericsson and Carroll. Grosjean ended up back in eighth, with Johnny Cecotto and Esteban Gutierrez completing the top ten.

Giedo van der Garde – Grosjean's nearest title rival – was only 11th. Grosjean can win the title in the feature race if he extends his advantage at the head of the standings by three points. Series returnee Brendon Hartley will start alongside van der Garde in 12th.







1 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 2:18.345   10
2 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 2:19.779 1.434 11
3 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 2:20.056 1.711 9
4 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 2:20.211 1.866 9
5 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 2:20.748 2.403 11
6 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 2:20.858 2.513 11
7 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 2:21.491 3.146 10
8 Romain Grosjean DAMS 2:21.715 3.370 11
9 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 2:21.753 3.408 11
10 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 2:21.877 3.532 10
11 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 2:21.956 3.611 11
12 Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 2:22.145 3.800 12
13 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 2:22.254 3.909 10
14 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 2:22.299 3.954 12
15 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 2:22.326 3.981 9
16 Josef Kral Arden International 2:22.346 4.001 11
17 Max Chilton Carlin 2:22.573 4.228 11
18 Fabio Leimer Rapax 2:22.623 4.278 12
19 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 2:22.655 4.310 12
20 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 2:22.895 4.550 12
21 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 2:23.364 5.019 12
22 Sam Bird iSport International 2:23.365 5.020 5
23 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 2:23.495 5.150 11
24 Pal Varhaug DAMS 2:23.830 5.485 12
25 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 2:24.272 5.927 9
26 Julian Leal Rapax 2:24.832 6.487 11
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