Callum Ilott has extended his lead in the Formula 2 Championship standings after claiming his third pole position of the 2020 season.
The UNI-Virtuosi driver will start Saturday’s Feature Race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya alongside fellow Ferrari junior and former points leader Robert Shwartzmann, who will be looking to bounce back after a horror showing over two rounds at Silverstone.
Shwartzmann held provisional pole position after the opening qualifying runs, shading Ilott by just 0.025 seconds. Ilott’s teammate Guanyu Zhou then shuffled the Englishman down to second, as the Chinese driver opted to delay his opening run and take advantage of a clear track to split Shwartzmann and Ilott.
On his second run, Ilott vaulted to the top of the timesheets with a rapid 1:28.381, putting him nearly half a second clear of Shwartzmann. The Russian was able to improve on his earlier time at his second attempt, but wasn’t quick enough to topple Ilott and so had to settle for second-fastest.
Zhou then looked to threaten the pair on his final flying lap, posting a purple first sector time before the Renault junior lost ground over the following two sectors.
Felipe Drugovich will start alongside Zhou on the second row of the grid for MP Motorsport, with the top-six completed by Mick Schumacher (Prema Racing) and Yuki Tsunoda (Carlin), the winner last time out at Silverstone.
Jack Aitken (Campos Racing) will be looking to claim three successive podium finishes from seventh on the grid, while compatriot Dan Ticktum (DAMS) completes an all-British fourth row. Ticktum was the pacesetter in Friday’s earlier practice session but was unable to carry that pace into qualifying.
Nikita Mazepin (Hitech) and Louis Delétraz (Charouz Racing System) complete the top ten, which was surprisingly missing both ART Grand Prix runners – championship frontrunner Christian Lundgaard and teammate Marcus Armstrong were a poor P14 and P19 respectively.
|2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Barcelona Qualifying Results|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap|
|1.||Callum Ilott||UNI Virtuosi Racing||1:28.381|
|2.||Robert Shwartzman||Prema Racing||1:28.564||+ 0.183|
|3.||Guan Yu Zhou||UNI Virtuosi Racing||1:28.601||+ 0.220|
|4.||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1:28.767||+ 0.386|
|5.||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:28.889||+ 0.508|
|6.||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin Motorsport||1:28.903||+ 0.522|
|7.||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:28.979||+ 0.598|
|8.||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||1:28.986||+ 0.605|
|9.||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech Grand Prix||1:29.033||+ 0.652|
|10.||Louis Delétraz||Charouz Racing System||1:29.199||+ 0.818|
|11.||Artem Markelov||BWT HWA Racelab||1:29.297||+ 0.916|
|12.||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin Motorsport||1:29.308||+ 0.927|
|13.||Sean Gelael||DAMS||1:29.316||+ 0.935|
|14.||Christian Lundgaard||ART Grand Prix||1:29.333||+ 0.952|
|15.||Roy Nissany||Trident Racing||1:29.469||+ 1.088|
|16.||Marino Sato||Trident Racing||1:29.493||+ 1.112|
|17.||Pedro Piquet||Charouz Racing System||1:29.524||+ 1.143|
|18.||Nobuhara Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1:29.641||+ 1.260|
|19.||Marcus Armstrong||ART Grand Prix||1:29.686||+ 1.305|
|20.||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech Grand Prix||1:29.690||+ 1.309|
|21.||Giuliano Alesi||BWT HWA Racelab||1:29.748||+ 1.367|
|22.||Guilherme Samaia||Campos Racing||1:30.093||+ 1.712|
- To be advised.
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