Luca Filipi

GP2


LUCA Filippi blazes to Singapore pole-

Luca Filippi lit up the Singapore circuit with his run to pole in this evening’s qualifying session in Singapore, claiming the top spot in the Series’ first ever night run in a red flag shortened session ahead of Max Chilton and Esteban Gutiérrez.
 
The Italian took the top spot with two minutes remaining with a time of 1:59.444, claiming pole by less than a tenth mere seconds before Nigel Melker hit the barriers underneath the main grandstand and brought the session to an early close.
 
With the track now dry thanks to the warm temperatures and the first F1 practice session, conditions were ideal for a scorching battle under the spotlights: the Lotus pair James Calado and Gutiérrez set the early running, along with Felipe Nasr, but when Series leader Davide Valsecchi took the top spot eight minutes in it looked as though he had taken another step towards the title.
 
However, with most of his competitors in for fresh tyres, Jolyon Palmer had other thoughts and stole provisional pole from the Italian, prompting a rethink up and down the pitlane. As the clock ticked down most of the field were improving, with Chilton, Filippi and Gutiérrez all jumping Valsecchi on the timesheets, and many more looking to move up with them.
 
Unfortunately for them, Melker’s crash came with so little time remaining that no one would have been able to run another lap, and the session was brought to an early end. Behind the top three Palmer, Fabio Leimer, Valsecchi, Johnny Cecotto, Stefano Coletti, Luiz Razia and Sergio Canamasas will instead have to channel that frustration into tomorrow’s feature race.
 
Singapore – Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:59.444
10
2.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:59.496
10
3.
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
1:59.908
12
4.
Jolyon Palmer
iSport International
2:00.102
11
5.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2:00.113
9
6.
Davide Valsecchi
DAMS
2:00.287
10
7.
Johnny Cecotto
Barwa Addax Team
2:00.335
11
8.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
2:00.364
9
9.
Luiz Razia
Arden International
2:00.365
11
10.
Sergio Canamasas
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:00.634
9
11.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
2:00.671
10
12.
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
2:00.695
9
13.
Felipe Nasr
DAMS
2:00.720
11
14.
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
2:00.906
10
15.
James Calado
Lotus GP
2:00.954
10
16.
Rio Haryanto
Carlin
2:01.031
10
17.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
2:01.204
10
18.
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
2:01.308
10
19
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
2:01.474
9
20.
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
2:01.656
6
21.
Simon Trummer
Arden International
2:01.961
10
22.
Victor Guerin
Ocean Racing Technology
2:02.110
10
23.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Caterham Racing
2:02.260
10
24.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:02.376
10
25.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
2:03.218
10
26.
Ricardo Teixeira
Rapax
2:04.174
11