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Jolyon Palmer maintains GP2 qualifying form with Hockenheim pole

by Peter Allen
Jolyon Palmer

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

Jolyon Palmer claimed his third pole position from six qualifying sessions in GP2 this year with a dominant performance at Hockenheim.

The championship leader hit the front early on in the session, and led by 0.339 seconds as the field sat in the pits during the middle of the session. Although he did briefly rejoin the action towards the end, his advantage was such that he didn’t need to improve his time and still finished up 0.282s clear. Palmer continues his run of starting every feature race so far this season from the front row.

Stoffel Vandoorne was a late improver to move up to the front row from third, passing practice pace-setter Stefano Coletti.

Tom Dillmann got up to fourth with his final effort at his ‘home’ circuit on his debut for Caterham, relegating Palmer’s title rival Felipe Nasr to the third row by five thousandths of a second.

Arthur Pic claimed a season-best qualifying result of sixth for Campos, just 0.001s faster than Johnny Cecotto. Raffaele Marciello was eighth but could have managed better had he not been baulked twice on fast laps.

The first incident came early in the session when he stumbled upon Rio Haryanto going slowly at the penultimate corner, and the second much later on when Takuya Izawa was dawdling on the racing line at the preceding corner.

Alexander Rossi was fifth at the halfway stage following his switch from Caterham to Campos, but fell to ninth. Simon Trummer completed the top ten.

Silverstone feature race winner Mitch Evans was the highest profile driver to miss out on a top ten berth, only managing 15th.

UPDATE: Three drivers were handed three-place grid penalties after qualifying, all for impeding others at turn 13. These were Izawa for impeding Marciello, Haryanto for impeding Marciello and Cecotto for impeding Haryanto. Cecotto will drop to tenth and Haryanto to 25th, while Izawa will fall to 23rd having carried over a five-place penalty from Silverstone for colliding with Pic.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:23.383 8
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:23.665 0.282 12
3 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:23.722 0.339 12
4 Tom Dillmann EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:23.776 0.393 11
5 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:23.781 0.398 12
6 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:23.859 0.476 12
7 Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:23.860 0.477 14
8 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:23.918 0.535 12
9 Alexander Rossi Campos Racing 1:23.965 0.582 13
10 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:23.983 0.600 12
11 Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1:24.024 0.641 12
12 Rene Binder Arden International 1:24.094 0.711 10
13 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.253 0.870 11
14 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.311 0.928 12
15 Mitch Evans Russian Time 1:24.335 0.952 11
16 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:24.335 0.952 11
17 Julian Leal Carlin 1:24.421 1.038 11
18 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.437 1.054 11
19 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.453 1.070 14
20 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:24.476 1.093 11
21 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:24.496 1.113 11
22 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:24.502 1.119 11
23 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:24.590 1.207 12
24 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:24.598 1.215 13
25 Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport 1:24.888 1.505 13
26 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:25.189 1.806 11