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Russell grabs home pole in Silverstone

Russell grabs home pole in Silverstone

14 JUL 2017

Briton leads the way in qualifying

George Russell has delighted the local fans with a sterling drive in cool conditions in this afternoon’s qualifying session in Silverstone, leading the way for most of the session to claim his second pole position ahead of ART Grand Prix teammates Anthoine Hubert and Nirei Fukuzumi.

The Briton stopped the clock with a laptime of 1:46.608 to claim pole by a tenth in a tight session, which took place under overcast but dry conditions. All of the drivers were immediately on track given the chance of rain, looking to at least secure a banker lap while they could.

The early pace was fast and frantic: Santino Ferrucci, Bruno Baptista, Steijn Schothorst, Niko Kari, Alessio Lorandi and Hubert all spent time on top of the timesheets before Russell grabbed P1 with a 47.5s, and with tyres clearly beyond their best the entire field returned to the pits for fresh rubber and to plan how best to use it.

When they finally returned to the track the pace was no less rapid: Dorian Boccolacci missed pole by five thousandths before the ART teammates hit the front: Jack Aitken, Fukuzumi and finally Russell ran faster again, with Hubert slotting into P2 with 2 minutes remaining. Fukuzumi looked to improve on his final lap but was slightly wide in sector 3, and the top 3 was set.

Behind then Boccolacci, Lorandi, Aitken, Niko Kari, Arjun Maini, Ryan Tveter and Julien Falchero were all within a second of the top spot and will be looking to make up the gap tomorrow when they hit the track once again for race 1.

Provisional Qualifying Classification

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:46.608

12

2.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:46.714

12

3.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:46.833

12

4.

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:47.052

14

5.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:47.082

13

6.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:47.090

12

7.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:47.259

13

8.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:47.412

12

9.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:47.412

11

10.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:47.473

11

11.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:47.571

12

12.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:47.588

11

13.

Kevin Jörg

Trident

1:47.658

13

14.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:47.677

10

15.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:47.823

13

16.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:47.898

12

17.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:47.977

10

18.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:48.544

13

19.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:48.893

14