The first pole of the years goes to Pierre Gasly, after dominating the first free practice session earlier in the day, the French driver will start from pole position for the first race tomorrow in Barcelona.

Free practice

Pierre Gasly started well his season by achieving the best time in the first free practice session in the circuit of Montmelo, Spain.

As soon as the green light went, the session turned into a battle between Gasly and his former teammate Alex Lynn. Williams developpement driver was the first to set the fastest time before focusing on long runs. Therefore, Gasly could beat his time and take the lead of the session. Markelov tried to get close to the duo Gasly-Lynn but stayed behind Gasly for more than three tenths.

No incident was to report during this session, all the drivers stayed focused on the main goal : not crashing the car.

Gasly ended the session in the lead, 0.104 ahead of Lynn, then Markelov, Nato and Sirotkin.

Qualifying session

As soon as the session started, Gasly took the lead with a 0.3s gap on Rowland and Lynn.

Despite a short domination by Sergey Sirotkin, Lynn and Gasly succesively took first place. The Frenchman did a stellar lap in 1:27.807, faster than last year’s pole. No one has ever been able to beat his team, Nato being the only one getting closer than half a second.

Both DAMS drivers lock the second row, ahead of Sirotkin and Malja.