Red Bull Juniors Lock Out Spa Front Row

Red Bull Junior drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Pierre Gasly will start race one at Spa-Francorchamps on the front row after the first Formula Renault 3.5 Series qualifying session at the Belgian track. DAMS driver Sainz beat Arden Motorsport’s Gasly by 0.121s for his fourth pole of 2014, while eight teams are represented in the top eight positions on the grid.

Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin was third for Fortec Motorsport, while series returnee Richie Stanaway was an impressive fourth for Lotus in his first race in the series since a career-threatening back injury suffered at this track in 2012.

A second Spaniard in the form of Roberto Merhi was fifth for Zeta Corse, just ahead of International Draco Racing’s Pietro Fantin. Finn Matias Laine had his best qualifying session of the season for Strakka Racing with seventh, ahead of Swiss driver Zoel Amberg for AV Formula. Marlon Stockinger in the second Lotus was ninth, while Oliver Rowland, a race winner in Motorland Aragon, completed the top ten for Fortec.

Monaco race winner Norman Nato struggled to twelfth on the grid in the second DAMS machine, while his fellow podium finishes from last weekend Marco Sorensen of Tech 1 Racing and Jazeman Jaafar of ISR down in thirteenth and fourteenth, proving just how competitive Formula Renault 3.5 is in 2014. This is further shown by the fact the winner of the opening round of the season in Monza Will Stevens will start down in fifteenth place in his Strakka Racing machine for this afternoons first race of the weekend.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Qualifying Times

1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS 1:58.681
2 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport 1:58.802
3 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsport 1:58.818
4 Richie Stanaway NZL Lotus 1:58.855
5 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 1:58.928
6 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 1:58.993
7 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing 1:58.994
8 Zoel Amberg SWI AV Formula 1:59.015
9 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus 1:59.150
10 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsport 1:59.151
11 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 1:59.206
12 Norman Nato FRA DAMS 1:59.221
13 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 1:59.229
14 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR Racing 1:59.260
15 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 1:59.388
16 Will Buller GBR Arden Motorsport 1:59.477
17 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 1:59.610
18 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula 1:59.692
19 Oscar Tunjo COL Pons Racing 1:59.965
20 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse 2:01.118