Johnny Cecotto has claimed an exciting pole position at the Red Bull Ring, just narrowly edging out Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr by under 0.05 seconds.

A super competitive qualifying session saw provisional pole change hands between at least six drivers and the top 10 covered by 0.35 seconds.

Nasr AustriaThe gap between pole position and 26th was just 1.3 seconds, proving just how tense the 30 minutes was.

The entire field bar the Russian Time drivers went out almost immediately to find track position, all aiming to set their lap times quick in case the rain that had been threatening the circuit the past couple of hours decided to drop.

Right at the end of the teams’ first run Felipe Nasr was on track to take provisional pole away from Cecotto when he got it wrong and ran wide on the final corner.

It seemed that in the final stages any driver could have taken pole position, as every lap someone was posting a purple sector.

Although no one was able to put the perfect lap together, Raffaele Marciello came closest after the chequered flag had fallen.

He was on target to beat Cecotto’s time when on the penultimate corner he ran slightly wide and compromised his lap. Whether he made a mistake or the traffic of a close by Caterham was the cause is currently unknown, however it cost him and he will now start fifth on the grid.

Stoffel Vandoorne looks set to end ART’s drought of points providing he stays out of trouble, he qualified in sixth position ahead of Arthur Pic, Mitch Evans and Alexander Rossi.


2014 GP2 Series Race of Austria – Qualifying Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 1:15.312 17
2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:15.352 + 0.040 15
3. Felipe Nasr Carlin Motorsport 1:15.358 + 0.046 18
4. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:15.443 + 0.131 17
5. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:15.449 + 0.137 18
6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:15.481 + 0.169 17
7. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:15.608 + 0.296 17
8. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 1:15.614 + 0.302 17
9. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:15.644 + 0.332 17
10. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:15.664 + 0.352 16
11. Andre Negrao Arden International 1:15.773 + 0.461 16
12. Julián Leal Carlin Motorsport 1:15.784 + 0.472 16
13. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:15.811 + 0.499 16
14. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 1:15.927 + 0.615 16
15. Tio Ellinas cy MP Motorsport 1:15.964 + 0.652 15
16. Sergio Canamasas es Trident Racing 1:16.034 + 0.722 16
17. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:16.092 + 0.780 17
18. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 1:16.136 + 0.824 17
19. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.246 + 0.934 19
20. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:16.271 + 0.962 17
21. René Binder Arden International 1:16.331 + 1.019 17
22. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:16.334 + 1.022 14
23. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.497 + 1.185 18
24. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 1:16.531 + 1.219 17
25. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:16.539 + 1.227 14
26. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:16.654 + 1.342 16

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