Arjun Maini on P8; Qualifying session cancelled due to rain; GP3 Series

By | September 2, 2017
Nirei Fukuzumi has been handed pole position for this afternoon’s Race 1 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza after this morning’s qualifying session was cancelled due to track conditions: the grid will be formed using yesterday’s free practice times, with the Japanese driver to line up ahead of ART Grand Prix teammates George Russell, Anthoine Hubert and Jack Aitken.
Heavy rain greeted the teams as they took their place in the pitlane: an early message advised that the session was delayed due to the conditions, and following a review by the track officials the call was made to cancel the session due to the excessive standing water and continuing rain.
As there is no time available between now and the race, qualifying could not be rescheduled: accordingly the grid will be formed from the classifications of free practice.
Behind the ART teammates Dorian Boccolacci, Steijn Schothorst, Leonardo Pulcini, Arjun Maini, Alessio Lorandi and new driver Dan Ticktum round out the top ten. Race 1 is set to take place today at 17.50 local time.
Fukuzumi noted: “Normally I want to get pole position in qualifying, but the conditions are quite bad for driving now. For the race it is a good opportunity for us to start from P1, and it is good for the Japanese fans with Nobuharu-san also in P1 from yesterday: I am used to racing in the rain from Japan, and I will look for a good result.”
Free Practice/Qualifying Classification
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:38.594
17
2.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:38.693
18
3.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:38.776
19
4.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:38.786
19
5.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
1:38.933
21
6.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
1:38.963
20
7.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
1:38.971
19
8.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.033
21
9.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.148
17
10.
Daniel Ticktum
DAMS
1:39.232
20
11.
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
1:39.298
20
12.
Juan-Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.470
20
13.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:39.518
22
14.
Niko Kari
Arden International
1:39.565
18
15.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
1:39.776
20
16.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
1:39.860
17
17.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:39.923
22
18.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
1:39.968
19
19.
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS
1:40.411
18
20.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
1:41.112
20