Fabio Leimer will start from pole position in Saturday's GP2 Series feature race at Silverstone after setting the fastest time in qualifying on a very wet track.
Leimer was in imperious form behind the wheel of his Racing Engineering machine, at one point holding pole position by 2.288sec. His eventual margin was trimmed back to 0.915sec, with nearest challenger Johnny Cecotto Jr. overcoming a brief off at Village and his car coasting to a halt, before recovering to finish the session in second.
The session was red-flagged with 10 minutes remaining when iSport's Marcus Ericsson and Addax driver Cecotto simultaneously stopped out on the track. Ericsson required pushing off the circuit at Chapel, while Cecotto did not quite make it back to the pits under his own power. Fortunately the marshals helped him, and his mechanics were able to refettle the car and send him back into battle.
Jolyon Palmer of iSport will start third, just 0.068sec slower than Cecotto, and both will be hoping to avoid the collision they suffered in Valencia last time out. Stefano Coletti grabbed fourth to cheer Scuderia Coloni's weekend, after the news of its exit from the series at the end of the season.
Lotus GP duo Esteban Gutierrez and James Calado will share the third row, the pairing just 0.016s apart. Carlin's Rio Haryanto was seventh fastest, but he will start 17th due to a penalty for his clash with Calado in Valencia. That moves teammate Max Chilton up to seventh, ahead of title challenger Luiz Razia (Arden) and Caterham's Giedo van der Garde.
It was a bizarre session for DAMS, with both its drivers off the pace and stopping out on track within moments of each other. Points leader Davide Valsecchi will start 11th, after pulling off at Club corner, while Felipe Nasr qualified one spot ahead of him, his car grinding to a halt on the Wellington Straight.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 2m01.889s
2. Johnny Cecotto Jr Addax 2m02.804s + 0.915s
3. Jolyon Palmer iSport 2m02.872s + 0.983s
4. Stefano Coletti Coloni 2m03.004s + 1.115s
5. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus 2m03.258s + 1.369s
6. James Calado Lotus 2m03.274s + 1.385s
7. Rio Haryanto Carlin 2m03.398s + 1.509s
8. Max Chilton Carlin 2m03.423s + 1.534s
9. Luiz Razia Arden 2m03.553s + 1.664s
10. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 2m03.565s + 1.676s
11. Felipe Nasr DAMS 2m03.581s + 1.692s
12. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 2m03.600s + 1.711s
13. Nigel Melker Ocean 2m03.699s + 1.810s
14. Josef Kral Addax 2m04.029s + 2.140s
15. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 2m04.140s + 2.251s
16. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 2m04.280s + 2.391s
17. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham 2m04.430s + 2.541s
18. Marcus Ericsson iSport 2m04.767s + 2.878s
19. Daniel de Jong Rapax 2m04.782s + 2.893s
20. Victor Guerin Ocean 2m05.040s + 3.151s
21. Julian Leal Trident 2m05.218s + 3.329s
22. Fabio Onidi Coloni 2m05.350s + 3.461s
23. Simon Trummer Arden 2m05.573s + 3.684s
24. Stephane Richelmi Trident 2m05.677s + 3.788s
25. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 2m07.231s + 5.342s
26. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus 2m09.161s + 7.272s