Giuliano Alesi, son of F1 race winner Jean, has taken double pole of the French F4 season opener at Ledenon.
The car racing novice stormed to the top halfway through the qualifying session and then improved several times to maintain his lead.
The only driver to dip into 1:34s, he enjoyed some luck at the end as qualifying was red-flagged with three minutes to spare, leaving his opponents with no chance to retaliate.
Another French karting graduate Julien Andlauer ended up second, ending up just a tenth off the benchmark time.
Canadian Kami Laliberte and Frenchman Julien Darras also shined in their first qualifying session in single-seaters as they finished third and fourth fastest respectively.
Nerses Isaakyan took fifth ahead of top sophomore Valentin Moineault, who?was the early leader of the session but eventually had to do with sixth.
Swede Reuben Kressner and Russian Nikita Troitskiy were seventh and eighth respectively, with the top ten rounded out by Mexican Axel Matus and French karting star Gabriel Aubry.
With the best times of the session making up the grid for race three, race one’s starting order is instead determined by second-best laps.
That bumps Laliberte up to second for his single-seater debut, while Moineault and Darras occupy row two.
Kressner moves to fifth, leading Isaakyan and Matus, with Andlauer all the way down in eighth. Alexey Korneev and Aubry will start the opener from row five.
|Race 1||Race 3|
|1||Giuliano Alesi||1:33.944||1||Giuliano Alesi||1:33.909|
|2||Kami Laliberte||1:34.292||2||Julien Andlauer||1:34.028|
|3||Valentin Moineault||1:34.463||3||Kami Laliberte||1:34.144|
|4||Julien Darras||1:34.584||4||Julien Darras||1:34.145|
|5||Reuben Kressner||1:34.680||5||Nerses Isaakyan||1:34.178|
|6||Nerses Isaakyan||1:34.790||6||Valentin Moineault||1:34.232|
|7||Axel Matus||1:34.834||7||Reuben Kressner||1:34.519|
|8||Julien Andlauer||1:35.021||8||Nikita Troitskiy||1:34.629|
|9||Alexey Korneev||1:35.119||9||Axel Matus||1:34.710|
|10||Gabriel Aubry||1:35.132||10||Gabriel Aubry||1:34.797|
|11||Nikita Troitskiy||1:35.251||11||Louis Gachot||1:34.995|
|12||Louis Gachot||1:35.306||12||Alexey Korneev||1:35.021|
|13||Simo Laaksonen||1:35.416||13||Simo Laaksonen||1:35.339|
|14||Ye Yifei||1:36.010||14||Ye Yifei||1:35.778|
|15||Sacha Fenestraz||1:36.700||15||Sacha Fenestraz||1:36.230|
|16||Michael Benyahia||1:36.881||16||Michael Benyahia||1:36.752|
|17||Jose Sierra||1:38.473||17||Jose Sierra||1:37.203|
|18||Hugo Sugnot-Darniche||1:38.928||18||Hugo Sugnot-Darniche||1:37.806|
|19||Theophile Senegas||1:39.730||19||Theophile Senegas||1:39.474|