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After cruising to victory on Saturday, Stoffel Vandoorne was once again the performer of the session in Sunday qualifying, taking pole in the red-flagged event.
While the 30-minute run was abound with chaos and mistakes, as two red flags, brought out by Arthur Pic and Oliver Webb respectively, demonstrated, Vandoorne was virtually untouchable for the entire session, constantly setting benchmark times.
The last five minutes of the session were a dash for pole after a red flag, but the drivers didn’t even get that much, as another red flag stoppage concluded the run with nine seconds before the checkered.
Shockingly, it was Will Stevens who posted the second fastest time, after staying in the pits for most of the session with mechanical problems. Kevin Magnussen was third while Nico Muller took fourth.
Webb clocked in the fifth best-time and spun in the same corner as Norman Nato due to oil on track, effectively ending the session. Sergey Sirotkin was sixth, ahead of Andre Negrao and Christopher Zanella. Mikhail Aleshin and Daniil Move posted the last two times in the top ten, but are currently under investigation.
The session only saw 25 drivers take part as Lucas Foresti‘s car could not be repared as a result of the crash in the Saturday race.
|1||Stoffel Vandoorne||Fortec Motorsports||1:20.025||14|
|2||Will Stevens||P1 by Strakka Racing||1:20.440||+0.415||9|
|4||Nico Muller||International Draco Racing||1:20.475||+0.450||15|
|5||Oliver Webb||Fortec Motorsports||1:20.490||+0.465||13|
|7||Andre Negrao||International Draco Racing||1:20.552||+0.527||15|
|9||Mikhail Aleshin||Tech 1 Racing||1:20.643||+0.618||15|
|10||Daniil Move||SMP Racing by Comtec||1:20.661||+0.636||14|
|11||Pietro Fantin||Arden Caterham||1:20.713||+0.688||18|
|12||Matias Laine||P1 by Strakka Racing||1:20.720||+0.695||16|
|13||Antonio Felix da Costa||Arden Caterham||1:20.809||+0.784||14|
|14||Nigel Melker||Tech 1 Racing||1:20.952||+0.927||16|
|15||William Buller||Zeta Corse||1:21.109||+1.084||13|
|18||Zoel Amberg||Pons Racing||1:21.487||+1.462||14|
|21||Nikolay Martsenko||Pons Racing||1:21.855||+1.830||13|
|22||Mihai Marinescu||Zeta Corse||1:21.996||+1.971||15|
|23||Arthur Pic||AV Formula||1:22.016||+1.991||10|
|25||Yann Cunha||AV Formula||1:22.381||+2.356||15|