Charles Leclerc has taken his second pole position in as many races in Formula 2 after a last-minute effort saw him edge out Luca Ghiotto by 0.193s
The Ferrari Academy driver posted a lap time of 1:29.285 in the final minute after the session was resumed following a red flag to remove Nabil Jeffri’s stranded Trident to steal pole position from Luca Ghiotto who had set his best time just before the stoppage.
Ghiotto’s mega effort looked enough for pole when he exited his car at the red flag but he eventually managed a very decent P2 on the grid to start the feature race from the front row ahead of an increasingly impressive Nyck de Vries as the McLaren junior once again set the third fastest time on Saturday to line-up in 3rd.
Jordan King starts a solid 4th for MP Motorsport ahead of Alexander Albon and Oliver Rowland while last year’s winner Norman Nato could only manage P7 in the Arden.
Antonio Fuoco couldn’t match the pace of his team mate and will start a relatively lowly 8th in what proved to be a difficult session ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Nobuharu Matsushita in 9th and 10th respectively.
With this result, Leclerc claims the four points on offer for pole position and extends his lead to 12 points from Artem Markelov.
The feature race will start on Sunday at 15:40 local time (GMT +2)
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