Palmar denies Bailly's pole

Palmar denies Bailly's pole

3 July 2010 – Jolyon Palmer put in a stunning late effort to take pole position for the opening race at the the Algarve - the fourth time the Briton will have started from the front.

Palmer's late surge denied Benjamin Bailly a second consecutive pole, although the Belgian will be happy after securing a front row starting berth.

Behind them Jack Clarke continued his impressive recent form to take third, with Nicola De Marco lining up alongside him in fourth. 

De Marco led for much of the early running on used rubber, bettering his own benchmark at the midway stage. Times began to tumble in the final 15 minutes however, as Russian racer Ivan Samarin became the first driver to set a time on fresh tyres. His 1:36.296s lap time was initially good enough for provisional pole but it was clear that times would drop further, as Bailly immediately jumped to the top of the order.

Clarke followed Bailly across the line, falling short of the RACB-backed driver by just 0.018s. Nicola De Marco, Kazim Vasiliauskas and Philipp Eng slotted in behind, which at one stage left the top five positions separated by less than one tenth of a second.

Championship top two Jolyon Palmer and Dean Stoneman were seemingly stuck down in 12th and tenth with a little over five minutes remaining, after their first few flying lap attempts fell someway short of what was required.

Palmer responded in magnificent fashion however, as he punched in three quick laps in succession, launching himself to the summit of the times in the process. The gap back to Bailly was a healthy 0.215s, which was impressive when you consider that the next 12 drivers were covered by a little over six tenths of a second.

"I knew once I got a lap in I'd be at the sharp end, but whereabouts I wasn't sure," said Palmer. "Obviously I was happy to come over the line and see 35.7 on the dash. I've just got to push for the win and hopefully score good points for the championship."

Bailly and Clarke had to settle for second and third at the finish, ahead of De Marco, Vasiliauskas and Eng. Briton Will Bratt came home seventh while Ivan Samarin's earlier pace-setting lap was only good enough for eighth as the chequered flag waved.

Dean Stoneman was left down in a disappointing ninth despite a slight improvement late on and Ricardo Teixeira rounded out the top ten. The Angolan racer ran as high as fourth in the early stages of qualifying, but he had to make do with a row five starting berth after failing to get the very best out of his new tyres in the latter stages.

Kelvin Snoeks and Benjamin Lariche followed, whilst Natalia Kowalska was 13th. The Polish female racer continues to develop in F2 and this was one of her best sessions so far as she ended up just eight tenths off the pole position time around the technical 4.69km circuit.

Sergey Afanasiev, Mihai Marinescu and Armaan Ebrahim all endured challenging sessions and could only manage 14th, 15th and 16th between them.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Monday 24 July 2017

  2. 20:56

    Gallery: IndyCar's 2018 superspeedway kit

    Indy
  3. IndyCar unveils 2018 superspeedway kit 20:48

    IndyCar unveils 2018 superspeedway kit

    IndyCar officials have unveiled the superspeedway version of the universal bodywork kit which will be fitted to all cars in the…

    Indy
  4. 20:01

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  5. Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2019/20 19:47

    Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2019/20

    Mercedes has confirmed that it will enter Formula E for the sixth season of the category in 2019/20, and will cease its DTM…

    FE
  6. Haas hands Ferrucci in-season test days 16:59

    Haas hands Ferrucci in-season test days

    Haas has confirmed that development driver Santino Ferrucci will carry out running during both in-season test days at the…

    F1
  7. Formula V8 3.5 renews WEC partnership 16:14

    Formula V8 3.5 renews WEC partnership

    Organisers of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 series have announced that it will renew its partnership with the FIA's World…

    World Series
  8. Wolff: Both F1 titles still 'in the balance' 15:32

    Wolff: Both F1 titles still 'in the balance'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says both championships in Formula 1 remain "in the balance" and insists that points differences are…

    F1
  9. Alonso targets 'trouble-free' event, points 14:04

    Alonso targets 'trouble-free' event, points

    Fernando Alonso is optimistic that McLaren-Honda can enjoy a "trouble-free weekend" at the Hungarian Grand Prix, in order to…

    F1
  10. Pérez hoping to change Hungaroring record 12:32

    Pérez hoping to change Hungaroring record

    Force India's Sergio Pérez is hopeful that his and the team's strong form this season will enable him to change his sub-par…

    F1
  11. Preview: The path to the FE title decider 11:46

    Preview: The path to the FE title decider

    Four drivers head to this weekend's Formula E title decider in Montréal with a mathematical chance of becoming champion;…

    FE
  12. Matsushita gets F1 test chance with Sauber 10:10

    Matsushita gets F1 test chance with Sauber

    Honda-backed youngster Nobuharu Matsushita will make his Formula 1 bow with Sauber during next week's post-race test at the…

    F1
  13. Kubica to drive at in-season Hungary test 09:10

    Kubica to drive at in-season Hungary test

    Robert Kubica will get behind the wheel of Renault's 2017 car, the R.S.17, during next week's in-season Formula 1 test at the…

    F1
  14. Video: Onboard with Ogier at Spielberg 05:22

    Video: Onboard with Ogier at Spielberg

    Ride onboard with World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier during his recent Formula 1 run at the Red Bull Ring.

    F1
  15. Sunday 23 July 2017

  16. Celis Jr. defends Formula V8 3.5 status 15:22

    Celis Jr. defends Formula V8 3.5 status

    Force India test driver Alfonso Celis Jr. has defended the status of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship, and feels the…

    World Series
  17. GPUpdate readers against halo introduction 13:58

    GPUpdate readers against halo introduction

    GPUpdate.net readers have overwhelmingly rejected the FIA's decision to introduce the halo head protection device in Formula 1…

    F1
  18. Halfway: The podiums of F1 2017 so far 13:22

    Halfway: The podiums of F1 2017 so far

    At the halfway stage of the 2017 campaign, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas have taken the most podiums, seven, with Lewis…

    F1
  19. Williams in no rush over 2018 driver decision 11:54

    Williams in no rush over 2018 driver decision

    Williams says it is in no hurry to finalise its 2018 driver line-up, commenting that it does not want to be "distracted" by…

    F1
  20. Pierre Gasly's GPU column: A busy period 10:04

    Pierre Gasly's GPU column: A busy period

    It has been an eventful phase for GPUpdate.net columnist Pierre Gasly, splitting duties as Red Bull's F1 reserve driver with…

    F1
  21. Video: Chris Hemsworth drives Formula E car 05:42

    Video: Chris Hemsworth drives Formula E car

    Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth, who played James Hunt in 'Rush', samples the Formula E car in New York.

    FE
  22. Saturday 22 July 2017

  23. Cowell: Honda should not be underestimated 16:24

    Cowell: Honda should not be underestimated

    Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell believes McLaren and Honda's ability should not be underestimated, and expects the partnership…

    F1
  24. Renault says double top 10 finish 'critical' 14:48

    Renault says double top 10 finish 'critical'

    Jolyon Palmer will receive Renault's new floor, run by Nico Hülkenberg in Britain, at next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, with…

    F1
  25. FIA: Halo is 'best solution' for F1 in 2018 12:36

    FIA: Halo is 'best solution' for F1 in 2018

    Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has defended its decision to introduce the head protection device, dubbed the halo, in the…

    F1
  26. Brown: Norris 'a future World Champion' 11:18

    Brown: Norris 'a future World Champion'

    McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown has hailed the team's rising star, Lando Norris, and feels the young Briton has the ability…

    F1
  27. GPUpdate's MotoGP mid-season review 09:24

    GPUpdate's MotoGP mid-season review

    Just 10 points covers the leading four riders from three teams at the halfway mark of a predictably unpredictable campaign.…

    MotoGP
  28. Video: Renault's 2017 Formula 1 teapot 05:32

    Video: Renault's 2017 Formula 1 teapot

    Renault continues its celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of its Formula 1 debut... with a yellow teapot.

    F1
  29. Friday 21 July 2017

  30. Haas says it will retain drivers for 2018 16:34

    Haas says it will retain drivers for 2018

    Haas will retain its current driver line-up of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in Formula 1 next season, according to team…

    F1
  31. Pirelli analysis ongoing over Räikkönen tyre 16:24

    Pirelli analysis ongoing over Räikkönen tyre

    Pirelli has confirmed that a slow puncture caused Sebastian Vettel's failure during last weekend's British Grand Prix, but that…

    F1
  32. Magnussen says seventh still Haas' aim 15:42

    Magnussen says seventh still Haas' aim

    Haas driver Kevin Magnussen insists seventh place in the standings remains the squad's target for this year, and feels a higher…

    F1
  33. Feature: STR reaches nadir after clash 13:56

    Feature: STR reaches nadir after clash

    Toro Rosso has scored just four points in four races, its prospects in Britain severely dented by a first-lap collision between…

    F1
  34. Video: New York ePrix passing action 12:12

    Video: New York ePrix passing action

    Watch all of the overtakes caught on camera during Formula E's inaugural visit to the streets of New York.

    FE
  35. Sauber wants return to 2012 form - Wehrlein 11:14

    Sauber wants return to 2012 form - Wehrlein

    Pascal Wehrlein says there is a "desire" within Sauber to return to its 2012-level of competitiveness, as it bids to climb back…

    F1
  36. Russell: Mercedes 'secondary' in 2017 10:12

    Russell: Mercedes 'secondary' in 2017

    George Russell says his role with Mercedes is "secondary" in 2017 as he focuses on winning the GP3 championship, which he…

    F1
  37. Lauda: Halo is the 'wrong' choice for F1 09:06

    Lauda: Halo is the 'wrong' choice for F1

    Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda has labelled the planned introduction of the halo head protection device in Formula 1…

    F1
  38. Video: WRC champion Ogier drives F1 car 05:42

    Video: WRC champion Ogier drives F1 car

    Watch as four-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier completes his first Formula 1 run with Red Bull.

    F1
  39. Thursday 20 July 2017

  40. Leclerc will 'keep pushing' despite title lead 16:58

    Leclerc will 'keep pushing' despite title lead

    Dominant Formula 2 title leader Charles Leclerc insists he will not change his approach in the feeder category, despite having…

    F2
  41. Wolff: FIA had 'no choice' over halo introduction 16:25

    Wolff: FIA had 'no choice' over halo introduction

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, had "no choice" but to introduce the 'halo' head…

    F1
  42. Vandoorne concludes wet Magny Cours test 15:39

    Vandoorne concludes wet Magny Cours test

    McLaren-Honda's Stoffel Vandoorne concluded Pirelli's two-day wet-weather test at former French Grand Prix venue Magny Cours on…

    F1
  43. Video: DS Virgin's New York dominance 15:18

    Video: DS Virgin's New York dominance

    Re-live DS Virgin Racing's dominance of the inaugural New York ePrix as the squad swept to both pole positions and wins courtesy…

    FE
  44. Honda: Token system exit has aided trajectory 13:58

    Honda: Token system exit has aided trajectory

    Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the removal of Formula 1's token system has aided the manufacturer this season, and will…

    F1
more news