An unstoppable Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) secured his 10th pole position of 2017 today in Mexico, increasing the solitary record that he achieved at the end of the first qualifying session. The Brazilian, who is followed on-track his grandfather, 2-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi this weekend, will now start from the point in race 2 too. Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) was again the best rookie, rounding out the top-5 overall.
It’s been a tense battle in the second session of qualifying practice for the World Series Formula V8 3.5. The seventh round of the series proved spectacular so far, and boosted the spirits of the thousands of fans that already showed up on the grandstands. Using his second set of tires, Fittipaldi edged home hero Alfonso Celis Jr (Fortec Motorsports) who was leading at the half point. The Mexican was eventually beat by Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) so the Russian will complete the front row for race 2.
Celis finished third and will line-up in row 2 together with Rene Binder (Lotus). The Austrian led two rookie drivers, Palou and the other Mexican lined-up for the RPM-MKTG promoted series, Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports).
Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus)
“Another pole! The team delivered a great car and we took the best out of it. The best thing we could achieve today was two poles so I’m really happy with that, but now I’m focused on the races and there will be massive crowds, so it is gonna be interesting”.