ART’s Sergey Sirotkin secured his third pole of the season at the Hockenheimring as he narrowly edged out series leader Pierre Gasly by just 0.016 of a second.
PREMA’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Russian Time’s Raffaele Marciello set the early benchmark before Gasly set two laps that were quick enough for pole. As the Red Bull youngster returned to the pits, Sirotkin sneaked in a 1:22.193 to edge out Gasly for pole and secure the four points awarded for pole position.
Raffaele Marciello will line up third and behind him, Antonio Giovinazzi qualified fourth but was excluded from qualifying after his car failed post-session scrutineering.
A stewards’ report deemed Giovinazzi’s car “did not comply with the height dimensions of the undertray,” The Italian rookie, however, was granted permission to start from the back of the grid by the stewards.
This promotes MP Motorsports’ Oliver Rowland to fourth on the grid, ahead of Williams junior Alex Lynn in fifth.
The Racing Engineering pair of Norman Nato and Jordan King will line up sixth and eighth respectively, split by the DAMS of Nicholas Latifi in seventh.
Marvin Kirchhoffer makes the top ten as the only German driver on the grid, he will start ninth while Artem Markelov’s 11th place qualifying will see him start 10th following Giovinazzi’s exclusion.
The GP2 feature race will start on Saturday at 15:40 local time (GMT +2)
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