Calado claims GP2 pole in Valencia
22 June 2012 – England’s James Calado has sealed a second career GP2 pole position in Valencia on Friday afternoon. The Lotus driver will share the front row of Saturday’s Feature race with Felipe Nasr. Championship leader Davide Valsecchi lines up fourth, behind Sauber Formula 1 reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez.
As in F1 practice, the lap times were separated by the flimsiest of margins, as just seven thousandths of a second split the leading pair. Nasr’s effort was an impressive one, having switched to the series as reigning British F3 Champion.
The initial stages of the session were affected by Giancarlo Serenelli, who sealed a back of the grid position by spinning across the swing bridge and bringing out the red flags. After the restart, Valsecchi topped the timesheets on Pirelli’s Super Soft tyres before Gutiérrez, Nasr and Calado correspondingly moved ahead. Later in the half-hour period, Calado was set to better his lap time but lost control and spun his car, avoiding the concrete walls in the process.
With Giedo van der Garde inside the top five, Britain’s Max Chilton and Jolyon Palmer both managed top eight placings. In 25th place and heading up the back row is 19-year-old Dutchman Daniel de Jong, who is subbing for the ill Ricardo Teixeira at Rapax.
Valencia’s Feature Race begins 3:40pm local time (BST +1)