Gasly denies Giovinazzi home pole position at Monza

Pierre Gasly - Credit: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service

Pierre Gasly secured his third pole position of the season to extend his championship lead by a further four points at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Friday afternoon.

Gasly led a Prema Racing 1-2 in the session with a time of 1:31.199 on his penultimate run, with the Frenchman denying his Italian team-mate and main championship rival Antonio Giovinazzi by just 0.054 seconds.

The Frenchman had recovered from a mechanical issue that saw him stop on track during practice earlier in the day, and although he was unable to improve on his final attempt, Giovinazzi’s final improvement was not enough to deny Gasly top spot.

Artem Markelov also recovered from his earlier stoppage in practice to take third on the grid, the best qualifying position for the ever improving Russian Time driver, while Arthur Pic clinched fourth with a late run in his Rapax machine.

Mitch Evans confirmed that he and his Campos Racing team are back on form this weekend by taking fifth on the grid, ahead of Racing Engineering’s Jordan King, while Alex Lynn was seventh for DAMS.

Nabil Jeffri, who has only scored two points all season, was an excellent eighth for Arden International, with Sergey Sirotkin only ninth in the leading ART Grand Prix entry, while Norman Nato completed the top ten for Racing Engineering.

Outside Championship contenders Oliver Rowland and Raffaele Marciello ended up outside the top ten, with the MP Motorsport driver twelfth ahead of the Russian Time driver, with both just behind the Trident of Luca Ghiotto.

The top seventeen drivers were all within one second of the outright pace, with Saturday’s Feature race promising to be a close run affair.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Qualifying Result

121Pierre GaslyFRAPrema Racing1:31.199
220Antonio GiovinazziITAPrema Racing1:31.253
310Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:31.548
412Arthur PicFRARapax1:31.617
57Mitch EvansNZLCampos Racing1:31.666
64Jordan KingGBRRacing Engineering1:31.710
75Alex LynnGBRDAMS1:31.775
824Nabil JeffriMAYArden International1:31.795
92Sergey SirotkinRUSART Grand Prix1:31.816
103Norman NatoFRARacing Engineering1:31.845
1115Luca GhiottoITATrident1:31.855
1222Oliver RowlandGBRMP Motorsport1:31.864
139Raffaele MarcielloITARussian Time1:31.986
141Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:32.037
1519Marvin KirchhoferGERCarlin1:32.172
166Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:32.192
1718Sergio CanamasasESPCarlin1:32.196
1811Gustav MaljaSWERapax1:32.215
198Sean GelaelINOCampos Racing1:32.481
2023Daniel de JongNEDMP Motorsport1:33.071
2114Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:33.269
2225Jimmy ErikssonSWEArden International1:33.929