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Silverstone GP2: Nato takes maiden pole but is under investigation

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Silverstone GP2: Nato takes maiden pole but is under investigation
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Jul 8, 2016, 4:01 PM

Racing Engineering's Norman Nato clinched pole for the GP2 feature race at Silverstone, beating rival Pierre Gasly in a session marred by two red flags.

Jordan King, Racing Engineering
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Alex Lynn, DAMS
Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix
Antonio Giovinazzi, Prema Racing
Oliver Rowland, MP Motorsport
Pierre Gasly, Prema Racing

Red Bull junior Gasly lapped in a time of 1m38.216s when the session was stopped after Oliver Rowland's MP Motorsport car came to a halt at Turn 4.

Just as the lights changed at the start/finish line, Nato set his benchmark time and is under investigation as a result.

Gasly improved on his final run, going purple in the middle sector, but fell short by 0.225s to Nato's time to register a front row start.

DAMS' Nicolas Latifi got his best ever GP2 qualifying result in third with championship leader Raffaele Marciello taking fourth.

ART's Sergey Sirotkin qualified fifth but is under investigation for failing to stop at the weighbridge.

Should he be found guilty, the Russian can be excluded from the results and start from the back of the grid.

Prema's Antonio Giovinazzi was sixth ahead of Campos' Mitch Evans with Jordan King (Racing Engineering), Arthur Pic (Rapax) and Rowland rounding out the top 10.

The Renault academy driver was able to hold on to his 10th place despite missing the last five minutes of the session.

Apart from Rowland's stoppage, the session had an earlier red flag when Nabil Jeffri's Arden car stopped at the back straight.

Luca Ghiotto's session also had a premature end as his car developed technical issues in the beginning of the qualifying.

Nobuharu Matsushita, who is returning from his one-weekend ban, only managed 12th, with Williams development driver Alex Lynn ending 17th after his car suffered performance issues due to suspected chassis problems.

Carlin's Sergio Canamasas finished 14th but will drop three places after a receiving a penalty for unsporting behavior during practice towards Rowland.

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Series FIA F2
Event Silverstone
Location Silverstone
Author Darshan Chokhani