So interesting qualifying at Suzuka.
Super Formula 2015 Rd.1 kick off at Suzuka.
・Q1 20min session
Almost driver set old tire for first check run. And final 7 min, they sets new tire for last attack.Finally so surprise results. Andrea Caldarelli (Lenovo Team IMPUL) and Ryo Hirakawa (Team LeMans) both GT500 winner knock out Q1. 2 rookie, Bertrand Baguette (Nakajima Racing) and William Buller (Kondo Racing) out.
・Q2 7min session
Q2 was so tough session for every driver. And most of attention driver Ex F1 Kamui Kobayashi (Team LeMans) knock out. James Rossiter (Kondo Racing) was good feeling at pre season Okayama testing, but he drop out.
Until the 13th from the top is less than 0.9sec in Q2!
・Q3 7min session
All 10 driver slowly warm up for final attack. But Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU/cerumo・INGING) crash at Degner corner.
So red flag posted. Race control decided extension of time.
After restart, each driver difficult situation. Because they finished putting the heat on the tire. But 2013 champion Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) sets amazing lap and gets 2015 first pole-position!
His 6th pole and 4th pole at Suzuka. And Indian Narain Karthikeyan (DOCOMO Team DANDELION) is 2nd. It shows strong performance of Honda’s MY15 NRE.
3rd is top of Toyota engine user Andre Lotterer (Petronas Team TOM’s).Defending champion Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) is 5th.
Race is 43lap. Will be great race and season for Super Formula this season!