Russell claims third straight F2 Silverstone pole

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Russell claims third straight F2 Silverstone pole

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Russell claims third straight F2 Silverstone pole

George Russell secured a third consecutive FIA Formula 2 Championship pole position in qualifying at Silverstone, wowing the crowd at his home round with a 1m39.989s lap time. The ART Grand Prix driver will start ahead of DAMS’ Alexander Albon in tomorrow’s feature race, as Antonio Fuoco for Charouz Racing System will begin from third.

In warm and breezy conditions, the Trident duo of Santino Ferrucci and Arjun Maini were first to take to the track, with Russell and ART teammate Jack Aitken following behind them. Aitken was first to open the initial volley of timed laps, setting a lap in the 1m41s which was swiftly beaten by Russell. Louis Delétraz, Sergio Sette Camara and Alexander Albon were next to try their luck, but ultimately had to be content with splitting the ART pair as Russell’s lap stood strong in the early phases.

Shortly after a miraculous save from Lando Norris at Copse, having run too wide and losing control, a red flag was brought out for Roy Nissany’s stranded car to pause the session. Maini returned the session to full-speed running, and Russell extracted the last drops of grip from his first set of tires to go a tenth faster than his previous best time. Before the majority of the field called in for new soft compound Pirellis, Fuoco set a 1m40.289s to go into the pits ahead of Russell.

Gunther was the first to hit the road after coming in for fresh rubber, as the flurry of final laps took place in the last five minutes. Climbing up the order, Gunther and Nyck de Vries briefly took third and fourth positions before Russell fired his way to a 1m39.989s to stand clear of the rest of the field. Albon got closest, setting a time within a tenth of a second of the British driver to go second, and Fuoco’s later improvement of two tenths was not enough to help him return to the top of the timesheets.

Russell, matching Albon’s season record of three consecutive poles, will lead the field away tomorrow in the Feature Race ahead of Albon, as Fuoco and Delétraz lock out the second row for Charouz. Sette Camara and Norris will begin from fifth and sixth, with Maini seventh. Artem Markelov completed a late lap to secure eighth, while Luca Ghiotto and Maximilian Gunther complete the top 10.

Driver

Team

Time

Lap

1

George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:39.989

12

2

Alexander Albon DAMS 1:40.065

10

3

Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:40.094

13

4

Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 1:40.190

8

5

Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:40.234

1

6

Lando Norris Carlin 1:40.396

11

7

Arjun Maini Trident 1:40.512

10

8

Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.590

13

9

Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:40.707

11

10

Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 1:40.786

11

11

Nyck De Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:40.847

12

12

Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:40.863

11

13

Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:40.994

12

14

Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:41.031

11

15

Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:41.052

10

16

Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:41.061

11

17

Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:41.414

12

18

Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.493

10

19

Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:42.081

13

20

Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 2:13.133

2

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