Palmer on pole for GP2 season opener
4 April 2014 – Jolyon Palmer claimed pole for the opening race of the 2014 GP2 season during Friday's night-time qualifying session in Bahrain.
The DAMS driver delivered a time of 1:38.865 to edge out McLaren-backed ART rival Stoffel Vandoorne by three hundredths of a second.
During the early stages of the session, free practice pace-setter Mitch Evans held the top spot for Russian Time, before Hilmer Motorsport's Daniel Abt moved to the front of the field at the 10-minute mark.
But following a late red flag period when Evans's team-mate, Artem Markelov, spun and stalled on the exit of the first corner, Palmer and Vandoorne impressively jumped clear to lock out the top two positions.
Abt ultimately slipped to the second row, while Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS), Rio Haryanto (Caterham Racing) and Stefano Coletti (Racing Engineering) were all able to usurp Evans before the chequered flag dropped.
Carlin's Felipe Nasr finished eighth, but had reason to feel frustrated after Trident rival Johnny Cecotto, Jr. slowed on the racing line shortly before the apex of Turn 4 and ended the Brazilian's hopes of improving.
Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello took ninth in the second Racing Engineering machine, while Campos driver Arthur Pic, brother of current Lotus Formula 1 reserve Charles, completed the top ten positions.
Saturday's Feature Race at the Bahrain International Circuit begins at 8pm local time (GMT +3)