Alexander Rossi and Raffaele Marciello topped their groups and will share the front row tomorrow.
Split qualifying was confirmed for this season and we saw the greatest proof of its unfairness as the second group ran with rain easing off and the track drying as opposed to the wet surface that the first group found.
Group A, the odd-numbered cars, was led by Raffaele Marciello who considerably beat Stoffel Vandoorne, meaning that for the first time since July 2014 the Belgian wasn’t going to start from pole position, ending a run which lasted six races. Behind these two the battle was closer, and Leal brought home Carlin’s best performance so far this season.
Group B, the even-numbered cars, took to the track later on as the rain faded away and Alexander Rossi aways looked like the easiest bet for pole, and he relegated this morning’s fastest man in practice, Arthur Pic, to second. Sirotkin was third, Yelloly fourth, while Stockinger closed the field with the highest gap, exceeding four seconds.
|1||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||1:37.019||B|
|8||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:41.895||+1.538||A|
|9||Sergio Canamasas||MP Motorsport||1:38.691||+1.672||B|
|10||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:42.150||+1.793||A|
|13||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:39.073||+2.054||B|
|18||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||1:42.804||+2.447||A|
|21||Johnny Cecotto Jr.||Hilmer||1:43.386||+3.029||A|
*The gap indicated is from the fastest driver in that respective group.
**NOTE: Haryanto was handed a three-position grid penalty for failing to slow under yellow flags.