Jazeman Jaafar beat his Fortec Motorsports team-mate Oliver Rowland in the split qualifying session to take his first career Formula Renault 3.5 Series pole position in Monaco.
The Malaysian driver, who has finished on the podium on both of his previous visits to the street track, was the fastest in the second session, his 1m23.425s beating Rowland’s 1m24.370s in the first half.
The qualifying was split due to the tight and twisty nature of the Monaco track, and it was the Fortec Motorsports team that led the way in both.
Rowland led Group A, with DAMS’ Nyck de Vries over half a second back in second, with the Dutch driver set to line-up fourth on the grid as a result. Third in the group was Strakka Racing’s Tio Ellinas ahead of his team-mate Gustav Malja, while International Draco Racing’s Pietro Fantin completed the top ten.
Rowland sat in the garage knowing he could do nothing about the times of Group B, and indeed he was unable to stop Jaafar setting a quicker time and therefore taking pole position.
Matthieu Vaxiviere was second fastest in the session in his Lotus, and will line-up third on the grid, with Dean Stoneman in the Red Bull-liveried DAMS third ahead of Frenchman Tom Dillmann of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and Arden Motorsports’ Russian driver Egor Orudzhev.
Group A was affected by a red flag period when Pons Racing’s Philo Paz Patric Armand hit the barriers hard in the Swimming Pool complex. The Indonesian was able to walk away from the accident, but his car was heavily damaged leaving his mechanics a lot of work to do before the race gets underway on Sunday morning.
Another driver to hit the barriers during the session was Tech 1 Racing’s Roy Nissany, although the Israeli driver was able to return to the pits under his own steam, although he did not make many friends by dropping debris from his car onto the track as he did so.
Monaco Qualifying Result
|1||3||Jazeman Jaafar||MAL||Fortec Motorsports||1m23.425s|
|2||4||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1m24.370s|
|4||1||Nyck de Vries||NED||DAMS||1m24.370s|
|6||11||Tio Ellinas||CYP||Strakka Racing||1m25.127s|
|7||26||Tom Dillmann||FRA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m24.388s|
|8||12||Gustav Malja||SWE||Strakka Racing||1m25.332s|
|9||6||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Arden Motorsport||1m24.635s|
|10||19||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||International Draco Racing||1m25.444s|
|11||5||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Arden Motorsport||1m25.028s|
|12||15||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||AVF||1m25.850s|
|13||20||Bruno Bonifacio||BRZ||International Draco Racing||1m25.359s|
|15||18||Aurelien Panis||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1m25.659s|
|16||10||Meindert van Buuren||NED||Lotus||1m26.348s|
|17||40||Alex Fontana||SWI||Pons Racing||1m26.167s|
|18||25||Sean Gelael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m26.841s|
|19||17||Roy Nissany||ISR||Tech 1 Racing||1m28.122s|
|20||39||Philo Paz Patric Armand||INO||Pons Racing||1m34.213s|