The Estonian driver, who mentioned after the lap he “thought he fully missed it,” set a 1m53.762s to prime the timesheet after a purple flag disrupted operating.
Vips took benefit of clear air operating within the center sector, making up four-tenths on his earlier lap to assert the entrance spot for Sunday’s function race, having been sitting in sixth.
He led simply 0.15s forward of 2021 polesitter Liam Lawson, who had been fourth earlier than the ultimate runs.
Dennis Hauger took his private greatest qualifying end result with a 3rd place end for Prema, however the rookie is underneath investigation for an unsafe launch in entrance of Roy Nissany as the sphere left the pits for the ultimate runs.
Jake Hughes was first out the pits for Van Amersfoort Racing, placing in a 1m56.556s as the primary flying lap on the board.
Ayumu Iwasa topped the timesheet on his first try for DAMS, setting a 1m54.483s straight out the field, simply two-tenths off Liam Lawson’s 2021 pole lap, a 1m54.2s.
With the primary flying laps full, Iwasa led from Hauger, who was 0.6s off the tempo, with championship chief Felipe Drugovich in third for MP Motorsport, 0.1s behind the rookie.
The yellow flags have been waved in sector one 10 minutes into the session after Ralph Boschung, getting back from damage, went deep into Flip 3 in his Campos Racing-run automotive.
Marcus Armstrong was subsequent to set a fast lap for Hitech, going second quickest with a 1m54.487s, simply 0.004s off Iwasa, whereas Drugovich remained in third having improved on his earlier try.
The sector pitted on the midway mark, rising with 11 minutes left on the clock for his or her second runs.
However the purple flag was thrown with slightly below six minutes remaining after Iwasa bumped into the wall on the exit of Flip 3, his entrance proper wheel colliding with the limitations.
As soon as operating resumed, it was a mad sprint to the road for the sphere, with Hauger launched into the trail of Nissany because the pack headed out on monitor.
Richard Verschoor briefly claimed the highest spot, with a 1m54.029s taking him to the highest of the timesheet having been sat in eleventh place.
However because the occasions tumbled, he was knocked right down to sixth place, with Vips taking the highest spot.
Hauger briefly slotted into second, having taken benefit of the tow from Calan Williams, earlier than he was demoted by Lawson, with Armstrong taking fourth place.
Drugovich will line up fifth, with Carlin’s Logan Sargeant in seventh.
Hughes will begin on pole for Saturday’s dash race, with Frederik Vesti lining up second for ART Grand Prix and Prema’s Jehan Daruvala in third.