Russian Time driver Raffaele Marciello (1m52.555s) will start the GP2 feature race on the exciting new Baku street circuit from fourth on the grid after a strong qualifing perfomance.
Team mate Artem Markelov (1m53.040s) was unfortunate with traffic and lines up 12th in his bid for back-to-back street circuit victories.
In an incident-packed first day in Azerbaijan, GP2's qualifying session was postponed until after the second F1 session due to problems with circuit kerbing that was causing superficial cuts to the left rear tyres. Pole position was eventually claimed by Italian European F3 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi (1m51.752s), ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita.
Artem Markelov: That was disappointing because, as in Monaco, I had to lift on my second hot lap. I had traffic approaching the fast right-hander at Turn 7. But , withTurn 16 to Turn 1 the longest 'straight' on any track we visit, rest assured I will be attacking in the race!
Raffaele Marciello: That was a good day and I missed a place in the top three by just two-hundredths. The new Baku City Circuit is interesting and challenging, with a tight section around the old city that reminds you of Macau, interesting elevation changes and that huge straight. I'm looking forward to race day.
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): Some teething troubles are to be expected at any new venue and it was good that we ran our qualifying session, albeit in cooler conditions than anticipated. I think Baku is a great new circuit that should provide a fascinating race.