Puccio Giodano secured a brilliant pole position for the 100th V-Prix at Spa, climbing from 7th to 1st with his final lap of the session with what he described as the perfect lap on team radio.
The Italian snatched pole from Klaas van Snelheid by just over half of a tenth, while the Dutchman hinted at an error at Stavelot which cost him what would've been his first pole since USA 2017 after going purple in the first 2 sectors. Row 2 was filled by Giodano's teammate in Tumo Kinnumen and Allar Kangur, who were 1st and 3rd respectively as the final runs began.
Championship rivals Adrien Simon and Nathaniel Powers were made to settle for the 3rd row of the grid, qualifying 5th and 6th respectively as they both had troubling sessions. Simon was making up for lost time after his crash at Eau Rouge, doing a mini race-stint at the start of the session before completing 2 late runs. Powers on the other hand complained of understeer for the majority of the session.
Ruiz was next in 7th, and also the last driver within a second of the pole time. Mattson lines up behind him in 8th, as he pipped Nikolai Milkovich by just 3 hundredths of a second. The Russian making his return to FV on debut for Franklin couldn't contain his joy to be back racing.
Felix Beyer rounded out the Top 10 in his Holmqvist just ahead of teammate Will Hoskins. The Brit is expected to join one of the 3 teams entering the series in 2019, and he is also the only driver on the grid not running the Super-Soft or Soft compound tyres. James Vasquez followed him through in 12th to complete the top half of the grid.
Behind him, all 3 teams fighting for 7th in the Constructors filled the next 5 spots on the grid. Carson Davenport was almost a second faster than the next car after picking up 2 massive slipstreams on his fastest lap of the session. Behind him, Sikes lead Wagner, Álvarez and Viktor Östberg, while Felix Pérez also utilised the slipstreams through Blanchimont to out-qualify Johan Halvosen. Pérez's teammate Oleksandr Zozulya rounded out the Top 20.
Finn Schnyder was the only driver to spin in the session after losing the rear going around the hairpin at Rivage. He managed to recover to 21st positon, ahead of Vocquelin and Jules Simon. Dmytro Kovalenko came through 24th and slowest, 5 seconds off the pace.
Full results, times and tyre selections below: