Cecotto Beats Palmer to Austrian GP2 Pole

Johnny Cecotto Jr took his second career GP2 Series pole position in a close and exciting qualifying session around the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The Venezuelan driver beat current championship leader Jolyon Palmer to take top spot. It was also Trident Racing’s first pole position since another Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado at Monaco back in 2007.

It was also the first time in 2014 that the DAMS team did not take pole position, as Palmer came up 0.040s short. He will still start on the front row, as his lap time was 0.006s faster than Felipe Nasr in the leading Carlin entry.

The two Racing Engineering drivers of Stefano Coletti and Raffaele Marciello will line up fourth and fifth for tomorrow’s Feature race, but the Italian will be rueing a slow moving Caterham at turn eight while on a lap that could have challenge for pole position.

Stoffel Vandoorne will want to score his first points since winning the Bahrain Feature race at the beginning of the season, and will start tomorrows race from the third row of the grid in his ART Grand Prix machine, setting the sixth best time of the session. He will start just in front of Arthur Pic who had his best qualifying session of the season for Campos Racing in seventh.

Russian Time’s Mitch Evans will start from eighth, just ahead of EQ8 Caterham Racing’s Alexander Rossi and DAMS’ Stephane Richelmi who complete the top ten.

The pace setter from the practice session Julian Leal could only qualify twelfth in an incredibly tight session, twenty drivers were covered by less than a second, while just 1.342s covered all twenty-six participants.

Red Bull Ring Qualifying Result

1 Johnny Cecotto Jr VEN Trident Racing 1:15.312
2 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS 1:15.352
3 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 1:15.358
4 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering 1:15.443
5 Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 1:15.449
6 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 1:15.481
7 Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing 1:15.608
8 Mitch Evans NZL RT Russian Time 1:15.614
9 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:15.644
10 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS 1:15.664
11 Andre Negrao BRZ Arden International 1:15.773
12 Julian Leal COL Carlin 1:15.784
13 Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:15.811
14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax 1:15.927
15 Tio Ellinas CYP MP Motorsport 1:15.964
16 Sergio Canamasas ESP Trident Racing 1:16.034
17 Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix 1:16.092
18 Artem Markelov RUS RT Russian Time 1:16.136
19 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.246
20 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing 1:16.274
21 Rene Binder AUT Arden International 1:16.331
22 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport 1:16.334
23 Facu Regalia ARG Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.497
24 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax 1:16.531
25 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:16.539
26 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:16.654