DAMS driver Jolyon Palmer closely edged out McLaren development driver Stoffel Vandoorne by just 0.03 seconds in the GP2 Series’ first qualifying session of 2014 at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Top position swapped hands numerous times throughout the floodlight session until Palmer lapped the circuit in 1:38.865, which he set after a brief red flag stopped the session to retrieve Artem Markelov’s spun car.

McLaren protégé Vandoorne, who was runner up in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013, looked more than comfortable in first official weekend with ART, and will be a big threat to Palmer in the feature race.

Russian Time’s Mitch Evans, who was an early pace setter during the weekend after topping the preceding practice session, could only manage the seventh-fastest time.

Williams test driver Felipe Nasr originally qualified in eighth until he was handed a three-place penalty for making an abnormal change of direction alongside Trident Racing’s Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Ferrari academy driver Raffaele Marciello will start his first GP2 race in 8th position after Nasr’s penalty. He was 0.01 seconds ahead of Arthur Pic, who impressed on Campos Racing’s return to GP2 after a couple of years out of the sport.


2014 GP2 Series Race of Bahrain – Qualifying Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:38.865 10
2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:38.895 + 0.030 10
3. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.073 + 0.208 10
4. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:39.081 + 0.216 10
5. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.228 + 0.363 11
6. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:39.271 + 0.406 11
7. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 1:39.274 + 0.409 9
8. Felipe Nasr* Carlin Motorsport 1:39.301 + 0.436 10
9. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:39.449 + 0.584 10
10. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:39.462 + 0.597 10
11. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:39.507 + 0.642 10
12. Julián Leal Carlin Motorsport 1:39.588 + 0.723 12
13. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 1:39.615 + 0.750 10
14. André Negrão Arden International 1:39.647 + 0.782 10
15. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.651 + 0.786 10
16. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:39.749 + 0.884 11
17. René Binder Arden International 1:39.788 + 0.923 9
18. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:39.848 + 0.983 10
19. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.881 + 1.016 12
20. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:39.928 + 1.063 8
21. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 1:40.059 + 1.194 11
22. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:40.060 + 1.195 10
23. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:40.401 + 1.536 11
24. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 1:40.408 + 1.543 10
25. Axcil Jefferies Trident Racing 1:40.619 + 1.754 11
26. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 1:41.172 + 2.307 5

* Denotes a three-place grid penalty for making an abnormal change of direction while alongside another driver.

Image via XPB Images

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

Latest posts by Richard Bailey (see all)

Share