GP2 Series championship frontrunner Pierre Gasly has increased his points’ lead to 21 by beating his teammate and chief title rival Antonio Giovinazzi in qualifying for the PREMA Racing team’s home event at Monza.

Gasly, who reckons he has a chance to claim the rare feat of winning both races in a single weekend, dominated much of the session. The Frenchman ultimately clocked a lap time of 1:31.199, but Giovinazzi pushed on and narrowly missed out on toppling him by just 0.054 seconds.

Russian Time’s Artem Markelov was third fastest, three-tenths of a second off the lead pair. Aside from Giovinazzi, it wasn’t a good qualifying for the Italians; Markelov’s teammate and local hero Raffaele Marciello lined up thirteenth-fastest, while fellow Italian and rookie Luca Ghiotto was only two places better in eleventh.

Arthur Pic will start from fourth ahead of Mitch Evans in fifth, Jordan King in sixth and Alex Lynn seventh. The Arden team surprised with Nabil Jeffri qualifying eighth.

Sergey Sirotkin’s run of bad form continued as he qualified a lowly ninth place with Norman Nato also struggling to regain his early season form with the tenth-fastest time.

The 30-lap Feature Race takes place on Saturday at 15:40 local time (GMT +2).


2016 GP2 Series Italy – Provisional Qualifying Results
Driver Team / Entry Time Gap
1. Pierre Gasly fr PREMA Racing 1:31.199
2. Antonio Giovinazzi it PREMA Racing 1:31.253 + 0.054
3. Artem Markelov ru RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.548 + 0.349
4. Arthur Pic fr Rapax 1:31.617 + 0.418
5. Mitch Evans nz Pertamina Campos Racing 1:31.666 + 0.467
6. Jordan King uk Racing Engineering 1:31.710 + 0.511
7. Alex Lynn uk DAMS 1:31.775 + 0.576
8. Nabil Jeffri my Arden International 1:31.795 + 0.596
9. Sergey Sirotkin ru ART Grand Prix 1:31.816 + 0.617
10. Norman Nato fr Racing Engineering 1:31.845 + 0.646
11. Luca Ghiotto it Trident 1:31.855 + 0.656
12. Oliver Rowland uk MP Motorsport 1:31.864 + 0.665
13. Raffaele Marciello it RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.986 + 0.787
14. Nobuharu Matsushita jp ART Grand Prix 1:32.037 + 0.838
15. Marvin Kirchhöfer de Carlin 1:32.172 + 0.973
16. Nicholas Latifi ca DAMS 1:32.192 + 0.993
17. Sergio Canamasas es Carlin 1:32.196 + 0.997
18. Gustav Malja se Rapax 1:32.215 + 1.016
19. Sean Gelael id Pertamina Campos Racing 1:32.481 + 1.282
20. Daniël de Jong nl MP Motorsport 1:33.071 + 1.872
21. Philo Paz Armand id Trident 1:33.269 + 2.070
22. Jimmy Eriksson se Arden International 1:33.929 + 2.730

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