Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin claimed his first GP2 Series pole position during qualifying at Silverstone on Friday, edging out championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne by almost two-tenths of a second.
Sirotkin made his GP2 debut at the beginning of the season after cutting ties with Sauber, who had planned to aid the Russian in making his Formula 1 debut.
In perfect conditions on Friday afternoon at Silverstone, Sirotkin posted a fastest lap of 1:39.949 to beat McLaren junior Vandoorne by 0.185 seconds and claim his first series pole position.
“It’s quite amazing, I’ve never driven this circuit before, and even yesterday I thought I don’t know what to expect, and we were quite blind about what to expect,” Sirotkin said.
“In qualy it didn’t feel super well, but we had okay lap times and we kept improving, putting it all together in the last two laps, and it worked out well! The team did a great job, really perfect, and we’re really in shape now.”
Vandoorne has won every feature race so far this season, and believes that a good start on Saturday will be key if he is to extend this record.
“We need a good start to put myself in a good position, and then we’ll see,” Vandoorne said. “If I can lead that’s the best thing that can happen, and we’ll see what happens after that.
“I’ve got experience from the race here last year, Sergey doesn’t, so it’s definitely an advantage for us, and tires are quite tricky around here.”
American driver Alexander Rossi will start tomorrow’s race from fourth place on the grid, and will be gunning to give the U.S. fans at Silverstone a welcome result on 4th of July.