Albon takes F2 feature race pole

Albon takes F2 feature race pole

Formula 2

Albon takes F2 feature race pole


Alexander Albon held on from a flurry of last-minute flying laps to secure pole position in the FIA Formula 2 Championship qualifying session, his 1m28.142s good enough to withstand an onslaught from Prema Theodore Racing’s Nyck de Vries and Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto.

Trident’s Arjun Maini got the session underway at the green flag under warm and breezy conditions, leading out Sean Gelael (Prema) and ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken, before Gelael snatched track position for the first push lap of the session. Aitken briefly went quickest, before de Vries and Maini found even more time before having to quickly concede control of the time sheets as the pace continued to drop.

Nicholas Latifi of DAMS was first to beat the morning’s practice pace set by Albon, who then ended the first phase of hot laps on top after setting a pair of purple opening sectors. Running then hit a brief hiatus at the midpoint of the session after Trident’s Santino Ferrucci hit the wall at Turn 11, bringing out a red flag.

DAMS got the session back underway with both drivers, taking advantage of the empty track. Latifi got within a tenth of Albon’s best time, before the Thai driver beat his own personal best by 0.3s to go further clear at the top of the timings. The circuit then met a flurry of activity, with plenty of drivers threatening to go even quicker.

Aitken split the DAMS pair, before George Russell took second from his teammate shortly after. De Vries then bumped the ART pair down to the second row, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his overtures for pole, allowing Albon to secure consecutive pole positions in F2.

Ghiotto grabbed third at the last moment and will start alongside Russell, as Aitken and Latifi will occupy the third row of the grid. Tadasuke Makino (Russian Time) took seventh ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris, as MP locked out row five with Ralph Boschung and Roberto Merhi.

FIA Formula 2 Championship Round 3 Qualifying – Barcelona, Spain

Driver Team Time Laps
1 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:28.142 11
2 Nyck De Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:28.369 11
3 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:28.400 11
4 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:28.524 11
5 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:28.579 11
6 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:28.605 11
7 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:28.620 11
8 Lando Norris Carlin 1:28.923 10
9 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:28.970 11
10 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:29.081 11
11 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:29.130 12
12 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1:29.136 11
13 Maximilian Gunther BWT Arden 1:29.143 12
14 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:29.256 5
15 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:29.284 11
16 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:29.307 11
17 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:29.376 12
18 Arjun Maini Trident 1:29.407 11
19 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:29.585 11
20 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:30.440 6