McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne has taken pole position for the sixth time running ahead of tomorrow’s Feature Race in Barcelona.
Vandoorne’s incredible run of six consecutive poles dates back to the 25th of July 2014, where the last person to out-qualify him was Felipe Nasr in Hungary.
The Belgian set a fast lap early in the session giving him provisional pole, then consolidated his position by beating his previous best time by 0.5s.
DAMS driver Alex Lynn could only get as close as 0.4s to Vandoorne’s benchmark, while his team-mate Pierre Gasly finished the session in third place, a further 0.3s off. Mitch Evans and Alexander Rossi completed the top five.
Last round’s Sprint Race winner Rio Haryanto could only manage eighth position, a tenth quicker than GP2 debutant Nick Yelloly in the Hilmer. Yelloly’s team-mate Johnny Cecotto Jr. qualified way down the order in 21st position.
Artem Markelov only made it to the third corner before his car broke down on track bringing out the red flag. He will start tomorrow’s race at the back end of the grid.
Sergey Sirotkin attempted to go out earlier for his second run to have the track to himself. However, it seemed that he left that idea a little too late as he was impeded on his flying lap by the rest of the grid returning to the track for their second runs. As a result he will line up 23rd.
Julian Leal was the quickest of the two Carlin’s rounding out the top 10, while his team-mate Marco Sorensen was further down the field in 18th.
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