Sergey Sirotkin secured his first career Formula Renault 3.5 Series pole position in front of his home fans at the Moscow Raceway. The Russian driver was the only driver to set a lap time of under 1:21s, taking top spot with a 1:20.992s towards the end of the session.
The Fortec Motorsports driver will be joined on the front row by Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly of Arden Motorsport, who took away second place from Spaniard Roberto Merhi right at the end of the season. Merhi will start third for Zeta Corse, with AV Formula’s Zoel Amberg in fourth. Amberg was the initial pace setter during the session, setting his personal best time before everyone returned to the pit lane to bolt on a new set of tyres.
Pietro Fantin was fifth for International Draco Racing, with the Brazilian just beating the second Fortec Motorsports car of Oliver Rowland, the Briton having to settle for sixth. The sole ISR Racing entry of Jazeman Jaafar will start this afternoon’s race from seventh place.
Colombian teenager Oscar Tunjo, who only made his series debut last time out at Spa-Francorchamps, qualified an excellent eighth for Pons Racing, with Monza race one winner Will Stevens of Strakka Racing 0.009s behind in ninth. Richie Stanaway will start race one from tenth in the leading Lotus.
The DAMS team who have been so dominant throughout 2014 so far in Formula Renault 3.5 struggled, and championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr, who has taken four wins and five pole positions in the seven previous rounds, will start down in unfamiliar territory down in sixteenth. Team-mate Norman Nato, pole sitter and race winner in Monaco is even lower down the order and will start race one on the back row of the grid in nineteenth.
Moscow Raceway Race 1 Qualifying Result
|1||Sergey Sirotkin||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||1:20.992|
|2||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Arden Motorsport||1:21.211|
|3||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Zeta Corse||1:21.223|
|4||Zoel Amberg||SWI||AV Formula||1:21.269|
|5||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||Internationa-l Draco Racing||1:21.304|
|6||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1:21.372|
|8||Oscar Tunjo||COL||Pons Racing||1:21.510|
|9||Will Stevens||GBR||Strakka Racing||1:21.519|
|12||Matias Lainé||FIN||Strakka Racing||1:21.779|
|13||William Buller||GBR||Arden Motorsport||1:21.834|
|14||Beitske Visser||NED||AV Formula||1:21.863|
|15||Meindert Van Buuren||NED||Pons Racing||1:21.888|
|16||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||DAMS||1:21.895|
|17||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||International Draco Racing||1:21.992|
|18||Marco Sorensen||DEN||Tech 1 Racing||1:22.088|
|20||Roman Mavlanov||RUS||Zeta Corse||1:22.276|