Sirotkin snatches Spielberg pole position

Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin took his second pole position of the season in today’s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The Russian driver set the fastest laptime in a 1:13.663 denying Antonio Giovinazzi by six thousandths. Pierre Gasly completed the top three.

The session opened once again in sunny conditions and warm temperatures. The drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tyros to good use. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace but Gasly was the first man to dip under 1m14s, lapping the Austrian track in a 1:13.974 and claiming the provisional polefed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tires to good use

Halfway through the session, the cars returned to the pits for fresh rubber. With ten minutes left on the clock, Alex Lynn led the final charge. On a busy track, Sirotkin found a clear lap to clock in a laptime of 1:13.663 – almost a second better than last year’s pole, and went top. Giovinazzi lit the first sector in purple and was on a flyer but went too wide in the final corner. The Italian driver had to settle for P2 ahead of teammate Gasly who also improved but not enough to start from the front row. On his final attempt, rookie Luca Ghiotto found some extra pace to move up to P4; his best qualifying result this season. The session ended under yellow flags after Jimmy Eriksson stopped at Turn 7.

At the checkered flag, behind the top three, Ghiotto, Artem Markelov, Raffaele Marciello, Oliver Rowland, Lynn, Norman Nato and Mitch Evans rounded up the top ten.

Spielberg, Austria – Qualifying session

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Sergey Sirotkin

ART Grand Prix

1:13.663

14

2.

Antonio Giovinazzi

PREMA Racing

1:13.669

15

3.

Pierre Gasly

PREMA Racing

1:13.803

14

4.

Luca Ghiotto

Trident

1:14.091

15

5.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:14.099

14

6.

Raffaele Marciello

RUSSIAN TIME

1:14.184

13

7.

Oliver Rowland

MP Motorsport

1:14.316

13

8.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:14.387

13

9.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:14.456

15

10.

Mitch Evans

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:14.574

14

11.

Nabil Jeffri

Arden International

1:14.626

14

12.

Marvin Kirchhöfer

Carlin

1:14.647

14

13.

Arthur Pic

Rapax

1:14.688

15

14.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:14.815

15

15.

Sergio Canamasas

Carlin

1:14.832

15

16.

Rene Binder

ART Grand Prix

1:14.886

12

17.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:14.958

15

18.

Gustav Malja

Rapax

1:15.020

15

19

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:15.112

14

20.

Daniel de Jong

MP Motorsport

1:15.307

14

21.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:15.531

12

22.

Philo Paz Armand

Trident

1:15.675

15

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