Gutierrez claims title with pole bonus
|By Mark Glendenning
||Saturday, September 11th 2010, 07:39 GMT
Esteban Gutierrez has secured the inaugural GP3 Series title by taking pole position for the final round at Monza in this morning's qualifying session.
Having moved to the top of the order with five minutes remaining, ART driver Gutierrez improved his time by almost 0.5 seconds on his final flying lap to claim pole with a 1m43.425s.
In doing so, he protected himself from a late charge from Mucke's Renger van der Zande, who also improved his time dramatically on his last lap but ended up falling 0.288s short. The two points on offer for pole were enough to finally put Gutierrez beyond the reach of rival Robert Wickens.
Jenzer driver Nico Muller, who led the early phase of the session, will share the second row with Tobias Hegewald (Mucke), leaving Wickens (Status) consigned to fifth alongside Atech CRS driver Roberto Merhi, who endured two spins along the way.
The session was interrupted by two brief bursts of yellow flags after Tech 1's Daniel Juncadella and Gutierrez's ART team-mate Alexander Rossi skidded into the barriers, while Vittorio Ghirelli also had to get a lift back to the pits after spinning his Atech CRS car into the gravel just after the chequered flag.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m43.425s
2. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m43.713s + 0.288s
3. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m43.788s + 0.363s
4. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m43.891s + 0.466s
5. Robert Wickens Status 1m43.940s + 0.515s
6. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m43.971s + 0.546s
7. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m43.980s + 0.555s
8. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m44.040s + 0.615s
9. Daniel Morad Status 1m44.097s + 0.672s
10. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m44.109s + 0.684s
11. James Jakes Manor 1m44.170s + 0.745s
12. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m44.225s + 0.800s
13. Simon Trummer Jenzer 1m44.370s + 0.945s
14. Pedro Nunes ART 1m44.422s + 0.997s
15. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m44.460s + 1.035s
16. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m44.462s + 1.037s
17. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1m44.540s + 1.115s
18. Lucas Foresti Carlin 1m44.548s + 1.123s
19. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m44.560s + 1.135s
20. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m44.609s + 1.184s
21. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m44.728s + 1.303s
22. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m44.736s + 1.311s
23. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 1m44.810s + 1.385s
24. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m44.898s + 1.473s
25. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m44.902s + 1.477s
26. Dean Smith Carlin 1m45.098s + 1.673s
27. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 1m45.184s + 1.759s
28. Alexander Rossi ART 1m45.353s + 1.928s
29. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1m45.378s + 1.953s
30. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m45.991s + 2.566s