The ART Grand Prix rookie tops the qualifying session today in Bahrain ahead of the two Dams drivers Hats off to the German ace! Quick today in Free Practice, rookie Nico Hülkenberg kept on impressing greatly this afternoon as he secured pole position on his first GP2 Asia race weekend at the wheel of the ART Grand Prix car.
He topped the timing sheet after only 10 minutes into the session and then signed his best laptime in a 1:41.351 in the last minutes of the event. Dams took P2 and P3 with Jérôme d’Ambrosio leading Kamui Kobayashi.
The two drivers of the French squad fought until the very last second to try and take the top stop, the Belgian taking over his teammate just before the chequered flag after flying in sectors 1 and 2. However, the battle for front rows wasn’t just about them as they also had to push hard in order to better the likewise impressive rookie Edoardo Mortara at Arden.
The Italian eventually secured the second row and will start tomorrow next to the Championship leader Kobayashi. Roldan Rodriguez at Piquet GP had to wait until the chequered flag to clock in his fastest laptime.
The Spaniard finished P5 ahead of iSport’s Van der Garde, ART’s Sakon Yamamoto, Super Nova’s Javier Villa, and GP2 returnee Marco Bonanomi at Meritus.Mahara. At the wheel of the Durango car, Davide Valsecchi completed the Top 10. Earlier in the session, his teammate Della Stelle went off track on cold tyres and could not rejoin.