Robert Wickens clinched back-to-back pole positions for the opening doubleheader round of the Formula 2 season at Valencia today.
The Red Bull-backed driver produced a great late effort to snatch the race two pole from former GP2 racer Andy Soucek in the final three minutes of the session.
"I was really pleased with the first run, it was on old tires so to get a 27.7 was pretty satisfying," Wickens said. "I got a bit worried when there were yellow flags on the first two laps of my second run. It wasn't ideal to do the time on the third lap on new tires, but it was good enough.
"I think the races will be tight. It will be about who can push the most and keep their tires in good condition for the finish."
Soucek himself had only jumped to the top of the times in the closing minutes on his new tire run.
Mirko Bortolotti sat atop the time sheet for the majority of the half hour, but he was unable to respond to Wickens' and Soucek's final runs, and will start race two from third.
Nicola de Marco set the fourth quickest time earlier in the session, ahead of Philipp Eng and Mikhail Aleshin.
The session was stopped with just under a minute remaining when Pietro Gandolfi spun off at Turn 14.Times to follow