Palou Secures Surprise Debut Pole at Damp Nurburgring

Alex Palou took pole position in his first qualifying session in Formula V8 3.5 - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex Palou surprised the establishment by taking pole position in his very first World Series Formula V8 3.5 qualifying session at a damp Nurburgring on Friday.

The Spaniard, who only got the call to race for Teo Martin Motorsport the day before running at the German circuit was due to get underway as regular racer Nelson Mason was unavailable, made the most of the conditions, setting a best time of 1:42.174s to grab the pole position.

Virtually all drivers set their best times early in the session due to the weather, traditionally unsettled at the Nurburgring, played havoc once again, with only Egor Orudzhev able to better his time late in the session, although that was only to claim fifth.

Joining Palou on the front row will be current championship leader Pietro Fittipaldi, with the Lotus driver ending up 0.667 seconds back, while Matevos Isaakyan of SMP Racing by AVF and Alfonso Celis Jr of Fortec Motorsports will share row two.

SMP Racing by AVF’s Orudzhev jumped ahead of RP Motorsport’s Roy Nissany with his late flying lap, while Konstantin Tereschenko, team-mate to Palou, will start seventh ahead of Diego Menchaca, Damiano Fioravanti and Rene Binder.

A second qualifying session will take place on Saturday afternoon, with the opening race beginning at 4:10pm local time, with Palou set to lead the field away.

Nurburgring Race 1 Qualifying Result

110Alex PalouESPTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.174
24Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:42.841
36Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:42.985
47Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:43.008
55Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:43.018
611Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:43.065
79Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:43.167
88Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:43.404
921Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport1:43.485
103Rene BinderAUTLotus1:43.574
1112Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:43.883
1215Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:45.450