Max Chilton has taken a superb pole position ahead of the GP2 Series Feature Race after what had been a dominant display for the Marussia Carlin driver – making this the team’s third pole in succession. Having already topped the earlier free practice session Chilton was the man to watch and once again proved his speed producing a brilliant lap to clinch his second pole position of the 2012 season. Team mate Rio Haryanto had a similarly strong showing around the Autodromo di Monza this afternoon and will start from 11th place on the grid tomorrow.

Chilton had a storming practice session earlier in the day and was considered to be the man to beat from the off – a point he proved on his first flying lap as he went quickest before a battle for position ensued between himself, Giedo Van der Garde and Johnny Cecotto. Although losing the top spot Chilton remained in third place however the squabbling at the front, and the resulting fast falling times, had pushed Haryanto down to tenth.

With 20 minutes of qualifying remaining Haryanto began to make his way up the time sheets and set the quickest second sector in a lap which would see him move up to seventh place before making his way to the pits for a few adjustments. Chilton would join him a lap later; still lying third in the overall standings.

Both Marussia Carlin drivers rejoined the track with 11 minutes left on the clock. Already out on track Luca Filippi was going quicker and bumped the British racer to fourth position and consequently Haryanto down to eighth. However in the next few laps the screens stayed very similar with most drivers remaining in their current positions.

However Chilton began once again to light up the timing screens setting the fastest final two sectors which brilliantly moved him to the top of the timings. With this dominant display on track Chilton clinched provisional pole. Haryanto meanwhile was once again setting personal best sector times and looking strong in his top 10 position however as the chequered flag fell he took it in 11th place.

Pushing even harder, and going faster, on his final lap Chilton lost the rear end of his car in the final corner which subsequently sent him into a spin and stopped him on track bringing out the yellow flags and ultimately ending the session.

Reflecting on his second pole position of the 2012 season, ‘It was a very good qualifying session for me which topped off what has been a strong day. We’re having a good run at the moment and it’s great to see Carlin take their third pole position in succession.

‘It was a harder session today than this morning because the pressure is on but I’m really pleased to be where I want to be, I’m happy for the team and I’m looking to convert it to the win tomorrow. I was pushing just a little too hard on my final lap and last corner caught me out; I tried catching the car but it was just far too gone, it would have been nice to see how that lap would have ended because I was going faster at the time.’