Grosjean seizes dramatic Istanbul pole
6 May 2011 – Former Renault driver Romain Grosjean has claimed the opening GP2 pole position of the 2011 season, avoiding a 360-degree spin to do so at Istanbul Park. Britain’s Sam Bird will share the front row in Saturday’s season-opening Feature Race as Luca Filippi and Jules Bianchi start third and fourth.
After rain earlier in the day, the dry half-hour session still featured a number of incidents, with Grosjean’s DAMS car eventually leading the way with a best effort of 1:34.398 - just under a tenth ahead of Bird as one second covered the top 18 runners.
The action was briefly broken up by a red flag for 2009-10 Asia title winner Davide Valsecchi, who managed eighth place despite his AirAsia car stopping on-track before rolling backwards. A second stoppage soon followed as World Series by Renault Champion Mikhail Aleshin suffered a heavy accident at the end of the back straight.
Dani Clos and Luiz Razia will fill Row 3 as Carlin’s Max Chilton sets off from 11th.
Saturday’s GP2 Feature Race begins at 12:40pm local time (BST +2)