Coming off an excellent weekend in Austria, Raffaele Marciello has taken his first GP2 pole position at Silverstone.

Marciello, who is part of Ferrari’s development program, topped the time sheets with a 1:40.445, just 0.02 seconds ahead of championship leader Jolyon Palmer.

The top four’s times that were set before the halfway mark of the session were incredibly competitive. Only 0.04 seconds separated Marciello, Palmer, Mitch Evans and Julian Leal.Palmer

All drivers had a number of attempts to improve their lap times although none could.

Rookie and Lotus F1 development driver Marco Sorensen impressed greatly for MP Motorsport as he finished his first GP2 qualifying session in seventh position.

Johnny Cecotto Jr. was off the pace and could only manage ninth place, three places behind his closest rival Felipe Nasr in sixth.

Evans had an excellent session placing his Russian Time on the second row of the grid in third alongside Carlin’s Leal.

However, it was a very poor session by Evans’ team-mate Artem Markelov who seems to be struggling as of late. He was 2.2 seconds off Evans’ time and the slowest of the session. He will start in last place.

Stoffel Vandoorne is continuing his fine form from Austria, qualifying in fifth position. His team-mate Takuya Izawa unfortunately didn’t have the same fortune, finishing the session in 24th.


2014 GP2 Series Race of Britain – Qualifying Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:40.445 12
2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:40.472 + 0.029 11
3. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 1:40.478 + 0.033 10
4. Julián Leal Carlin Motorsport 1:40.484 + 0.039 13
5. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:40.646 + 0.201 10
6. Felipe Nasr Carlin Motorsport 1:40.658 + 0.213 11
7. Marco Sørensen dk MP Motorsport 1:40.658 + 0.213 12
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:40.762 + 0.317 12
9. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 1:40.845 + 0.400 13
10. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.880 + 0.435 11
11. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:40.885 + 0.440 13
12. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:40.961 + 0.516 11
13. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 1:41.064 + 0.619 14
14. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.166 + 0.721 12
15. Sergio Canamasas es Trident Racing 1:41.196 + 0.751 11
16. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.235 + 0.790 13
17. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 1:41.252 + 0.807 13
18. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:41.330 + 0.885 11
19. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:41.362 + 0.917 12
20. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.549 + 1.104 13
21. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:41.556 + 1.111 12
22. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:41.686 + 1.241 11
23. Andre Negrão Arden International 1:41.908 + 1.463 13
24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:42.003 + 1.558 11
25. René Binder Arden International 1:42.373 + 1.928 12
26. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 1:42.724 + 2.279 12

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