Vaxiviere charges to opening Silverstone pole

Matthieu Vaxiviere - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Matthieu Vaxiviere secured his second pole position of the season as he took top spot in an ever-changing qualifying session at Silverstone on Saturday morning.

The sun continued to shine over the British circuit, and despite only thirteen cars being present this weekend, a number of drivers fought the battle for pole position, with SMP Racing’s Vaxiviere ultimately securing top spot with a time of 1:40.586.

It adds to the pole position he earned at Paul Ricard, although the Frenchman will be looking for a better result than he did in France, where he struggled with tyre wear and was unable to better fifth in the race.

Joining the Frenchman on the front row will be Arden Motorsport’s Egor Orudzhev, which means both SMP-backed drivers will start at the front of the field, albeit for different teams.

Friday pacesetter Roy Nissany was note quite able to match his performance on Saturday, finishing third fastest for the Charouz-run Lotus team, while championship leader Tom Dillmann was much more on the pace than he was on Friday, posting the fourth fastest time for the Adrian Vallés-led AVF team.

Fortec Motorsports made it five different teams in the top five positions with Louis Deletraz, while Aurélien Panis will start sixth for Arden Motorsport, the top six covered by just 0.476 seconds.

Seventh was Lotus’ Rene Binder ahead of the second Fortec of Pietro Fittipaldi, while Yu Kanamaru could only manage ninth for Teo Martin Motorsport.

Alfonso Celis Jr was unable to match AVF team-mate Dillmann and will start tenth, ahead of RP Motorsport’s Vitor Baptista and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Beitske Visser, while Giuseppe Cipriani brings up the rear for Durango.

Silverstone Race 1 Qualifying Result

123Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:40.586
27Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:40.714
34Roy NissanyISRLotus1:40.820
416Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:40.873
51Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:41.033
68Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:41.062
73Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.114
82Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:41.192
925Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.411
1015Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:41.807
1122Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:41.885
126Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.312
1320Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:45.316