Cecotto clinches first GP2 pole position
|1.||J. Cecotto Jr.||1:21.195|
24 May 2012 – Johnny Cecotto Jr. has clinched a maiden GP2 pole position in Monaco on Thursday afternoon. Following the damp second Formula 1 practice session, the feeder series saw its dry qualifying split up into two groups to avoid the trouble which struck last year.
Before Pastor Maldonado’s win in Barcelona, Johnny Cecotto Sr. had notched up Venezuela’s best F1 finish of sixth place in 1983; his son is now celebrating, courtesy of a 1:21.195 lap time which demoted Max Chilton; the Englishman had knocked Giedo van der Garde off the top spot by delivering a superb lap in the first phase of qualifying.
With Cecotto and Chilton on the front row for the Feature Race, Ericsson and van der Garde are their closest challengers, with Luiz Razia and Jolyon Palmer fifth and sixth. Valsecchi is forced to fight through from Row 7, where he will be joined by Josef Kral for the start. The top ten is rounded out by Fabio Leimer and Esteban Gutiérrez, Sauber F1 reserve driver.
Pole man Cecotto has already enjoyed a taste of F1, having driven for Force India in last year's Young Driver test session at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina.
GP2’s Monaco Feature Race begins at 10:30am local time (BST +1) on Friday