Vergne seals first Paul Ricard pole
17 September 2011 – Jean-Eric Vergne has taken pole position for this first of this weekend’s Formula Renault 3.5 races at Paul Ricard. The French Carlin driver, whose title chances have taken a significant step forward this morning, will share the front row with Epsilon Euskadi’s Albert Costa, with championship leader Robert Wickens fourth.
Saturday is turning out to be a highly positive day for Vergne, who has received news that his earlier victory at Monza – which was originally stripped – has now been reinstated. This was enjoyed further as team-mate Wickens – just over a tenth of a second slower – could manage no more than fourth behind Brendon Hartley.
Amazingly, one second covered the top 19 drivers in France as American Alex Rossi completed the top five ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, whose Paul Ricard weekend is his last in the World Series by Renault as the season finale in Barcelona will clash with the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Jake Rosenzweig, Sten Pentus, Daniil Move and Kevin Korjus complete the top ten, with British representatives Oli Webb, Nick Yelloly and Daniel McKenzie in respective 14th, 18th and 26th places for Pons and Comtec.
Race 1 at Paul Ricard begins at 2pm local time (BST +1)