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DATE News (chronologically)
07/09/10
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Bianchi flies to Silverstone pole  Jules Bianchi has come out on top of a fierce, session-long battle for pole position this afternoon in Silverstone, setting the pace throughout to push through for the top spot in the closing minutes to edge out championship leader Pastor Maldonado and Christian Vietoris.

Bianchi’s blistering lap of 1:39.189 handed pole position to the Frenchman by just one tenth from his rivals, but traffic played as much of a part in his good fortune as did his talent, with a number of his rivals tripping over each other in the final few minutes as they looked to improve their times.

With temperatures soaring from this morning’s free practice session, and a large quantity of F1 rubber down on the track, times inevitably tumbled from the outset: Maldonado, Sergio Perez, Giedo van der Garde and Bianchi were soon swapping the top spot between them as the times tumbled, with the top seven drivers all within one tenth at the ten minute mark.

At the halfway mark only Alberto Valerio was left on track, handing the Brazilian a perfect opportunity to improve his times, but it was only to last for few minutes as his rivals were soon back out and pushing each other hard: unfortunately this meant that almost no one could get a clear lap, with many improving their sector times before finding traffic.

Bianchi was one of the few to manage to stick his sectors together, setting the target time with five minutes remaining as his rivals tripped over each other: Vietoris was the only other driver to notably improve his position as the clock ticked down to zero, although he will lose 10 spots tomorrow for a penalty picked up in Valencia.

Lining up on the timesheets behind the top three are Dani Clos, Oliver Turvey, Sam Bird, Charles Pic, Giedo van der Garde, Alberto Valerio and Sergio Perez, but with the top 14 drivers all within a second of pole there will be plenty to prove when the lights go out at the start of tomorrow’s feature race.

Results

POS

NO DRIVERS TEAMS TIME LAPS GAP INT.
1 1 J. BIANCHI ART Grand Prix 1:39.189 13 - -
2 15 P. MALDONADO Rapax 1:39.325 14 0.136 -
3 8 C. VIETORIS Racing Engineering 1:39.423 13 0.234 0.098
4 7 D. CLOS Racing Engineering 1:39.653 14 0.464 0.230
5 9 O. TURVEY iSport International 1:39.701 14 0.512 0.048
6 2 S. BIRD ART Grand Prix 1:39.756 14 0.567 0.055
7 16 C. PIC Arden International 1:39.791 13 0.602 0.035
8 3 G. VAN DER GARDE Barwa Addax Team 1:39.809 13 0.620 0.018
9 20 A. VALERIO Scuderia Coloni 1:39.811 14 0.622 0.002
10 4 S. PEREZ Barwa Addax Team 1:39.894 14 0.705 0.083
11 10 D. VALSECCHI iSport International 1:39.901 13 0.712 0.007
12 11 J. D'AMBROSIO Dams 1:39.941 14 0.752 0.040
13 5 L. FILIPPI Super Nova Racing 1:39.984 11 0.795 0.043
14 27 G. RICCI DPR 1:40.288 14 1.099 0.304
15 26 M. HERCK DPR 1:40.342 12 1.153 0.054
16 6 M. ERICSSON Super Nova Racing 1:40.511 13 1.322 0.169
17 14 L. RAZIA Rapax 1:40.559 13 1.370 0.048
18 24 J. CECOTTO Trident Racing 1:40.747 14 1.558 0.188
19 25 A. ZAUGG Trident Racing 1:40.812 15 1.623 0.065
20 18 M. CHILTON Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.046 14 1.857 0.234
21 17 R. GONZALEZ Arden International 1:41.344 13 2.155 0.298
22 19 F. LEIMER Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.548 13 2.359 0.204
23 21 V. ARABADZHIEV Scuderia Coloni 1:41.654 16 2.465 0.106

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