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Hülkenberg surges to Istanbul pole
Nico Hülkenberg has taken his first pole position in the main series with a forceful display of power and finesse in this afternoon's qualifying session in Istanbul, taking the top spot by a tenth from Luca Filippi and Romain Grosjean.

The German bided his time throughout the session before unleashing a lap of 1:34.404, setting all three fastest sectors with just five minutes remaining, and with Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado stopping on track immediately after with mechanical gremlins there were two yellow flag zones, and the session was effectively over.

With the drivers taking to the track once again in steaming conditions Hülkenberg set an early quick lap before Petrov took the top spot: the Russian driver looked untouchable, but his competitors kept nibbling away at his time, with Lucas di Grassi, Filippi and Karun Chandhok all closing in from behind.

Grosjean finally bested his teammate with six minutes remaining, but Hülkenberg was already on a charge, taking the top spot seconds later with Filippi in tow: Petrov suddenly slowed from a quick looking lap and pulled off to the side of the track, and when Maldonado's car started smoking there was no chance for anyone else to improve their times.

Petrov will nevertheless start from fourth tomorrow, ahead of Chandhok, Andreas Zuber and Alvaro Parente. With a number of drivers caught out of position on the grid, there promises to be fireworks when the lights go out in Istanbul tomorrow afternoon.



Driver Team Time Gap
1. Nico Hulkenberg ART 1m34.404s +0.000
2. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m34.515s +0.111
3. Romain Grosjean Barwa Addax 1m34.587s +0.183
4. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Addax 1m34.713s +0.309
5. Karun Chandhok Ocean 1m34.762s +0.358
6. Andreas Zuber FMS 1m34.922s +0.518
7. Alvaro Parente Ocean 1m35.017s +0.613
8. Javier Villa Super Nova 1m35.020s +0.616
9. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet 1m35.105s +0.701
10. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1m35.113s +0.709
11. Alberto Valerio Piquet 1m35.141s +0.737
12. Giedo van der Garde iSport 1m35.151s +0.747
13. Pastor Maldonado ART 1m35.193s +0.789
14. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 1m35.226s +0.822
15. Edoardo Mortara Arden 1m35.284s +0.880
16. Davide Rigon Trident 1m35.328s +0.924
17. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1m35.360s +0.956
18. Diego Nunes iSport 1m35.395s +0.991
19. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS 1m35.412s +1.008
20. Luiz Razia FMS 1m35.806s +1.402
21. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m35.850s +1.446
22. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering 1m35.974s +1.570
23. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1m36.031s +1.627
24. Sergio Perez Arden 1m36.051s +1.647
25. Michael Herck DPR 1m36.111s +1.707
26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident 1m37.278s +2.874

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