Danish Lotus junior Marco Sorensen secured his second Formula Renault 3.5 pole position, out-pacing the field in qualifying after taking his first win of 2013 a day earlier.
Sorensen was among the session’s frontrunners throughout the thirty-minute run, before securing pole position with a last-ditch effort.
It was Tech 1’s Nigel Melker who led the session coming up to the checkered flag, despite his best time being previously deleted due to speeding in the pitlane, but post-checkered improvement from Sorensen saw the Dutchman settle for a front row start.
Championship leader Kevin Magnussen took third and will be sharing row two with his main title rival and fellow McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne. P1’s Will Stevens will start from fifth.
Magnussen’s teammate Norman Nato will head out into the race from sixth on the grid, ahead of AV’s Arthur Pic and Antonio Felix da Costa, who had a troubled qualifying session, with his car stopping at the end of the pitlane early on and forcing the Portuguese driver to play catch-up for the rest of the run. Will Buller and Sergey Sirotkin rounded out the top ten.
|2||Nigel Melker||Tech 1 Racing||1:16.332||0.099||17|
|4||Stoffel Vandoorne||Fortec Motorsports||1:16.458||0.225||18|
|5||Will Stevens||P1 by Strakka Racing||1:16.615||0.382||17|
|7||Arthur Pic||AV Formula||1:16.725||0.492||18|
|8||Antonio Felix da Costa||Arden Caterham||1:16.776||0.543||18|
|9||William Buller||Zeta Corse||1:16.819||0.586||15|
|14||Andre Negrao||International Draco Racing||1:17.031||0.798||18|
|15||Nico Muller||International Draco Racing||1:17.060||0.827||18|
|16||Yann Cunha||AV Formula||1:17.068||0.835||18|
|18||Nikolay Martsenko||Pons Racing||1:17.094||0.861||17|
|19||Mikhail Aleshin||Tech 1 Racing||1:17.105||0.872||18|
|20||Oliver Webb||Fortec Motorsports||1:17.243||1.010||18|
|21||Lucas Foresti||SMP Racing by Comtec||1:17.253||1.020||17|
|22||Daniil Move||SMP Racing by Comtec||1:17.264||1.031||17|
|23||Zoel Amberg||Pons Racing||1:17.301||1.068||18|
|24||Pietro Fantin||Arden Caterham||1:17.403||1.170||17|
|25||Matias Laine||P1 by Strakka Racing||1:17.649||1.416||16|
|26||Riccardo Agostini||Zeta Corse||1:18.373||2.140||15|