Valsecchi leads the championship!

Following a tight qualifying session in Sepang it was DAMS driver Davide Valsecchi who bagged pole, as well as the four points awarded for pole position in GP2, giving him the lead in the championship, at least until the race tomorrow.  Valsecchi has stood on the podium before in Sepang, having finished third in the sprint race in the 2008-09 GP2 Asia Series, and he’ll be hoping to make the step up to the top step in the feature race tomorrow.

Qualifying was a very close affair, with less than one-tenth of a second covering the top five.   Second, only six-hundredths of a second behind Valsecchi was Arden’s Luiz Razia, and only four-thousandths of a second behind him was Carlin’s Max Chilton.

Traffic was something of an issue throughout qualifying, and one driver, Coloni’s Fabio Onidi, was handed a three place penalty for impeding Rodolfo Gonzalez.  Chilton also complained about the traffic, which he claimed might have cost him an even better result, but also hailed the session as his best ever.

Grid for Malaysian Feature Race

1. Davide Valsecchi 1:45.494
2. Luiz Razia 1:45.554
3. Max Chilton 1:45.558
4. Stefano Coletti 1:45.577
5. Fabio Leimer 1:45.588
6. James Calado 1:45.638
7. Jolyon Palmer 1:45.758
8. Giedo van der Garde 1:45.773
9. Felipe Nasr 1:45.942
10. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 1:46.012
11. Fabrizio Crestani 1:46.138
12. Fabio Onidi1

13. Stéphane Richelmi 1:46.138
14. Josef Král 1:46.160
15. Esteban Gutiérrez 1:46.186
16. Tom Dillmann 1:46.264
17. Rio Haryanto 1:46.392
18. Nathanaël Berthon 1:46.428
19. Nigel Melker 1:46.489
20. Marcus Ericsson 1:46.557
21. Jon Lancaster 1:46.662
22. Julián Leal 1:46.868
23. Rodolfo Gonzalez 1:46.962
24. Simon Trummer 1:47.004
25. Ricardo Teixeira 1:48.113
26. Giancarlo Serenelli 1:49.620

1 Fabio Onidi handed a three place penalty for impeding Rodolfo Gonzalez

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