Mirko Bortolotti scored his second Formula 2 pole position of the weekend in qualifying for Race 2 at the Nurburgring.

The Italian bettered his pole time from Saturday by four tenths of a second, but it was only 0.014s quicker than the time of Tobias Hegewald, who qualified on the front row at his home circuit.

“I’m really, really happy with that result but I did make some silly mistakes,” said Bortolotti. “The track was similar conditions to yesterday but my new tyres were not as stable and I missed out some of my braking points.

“Traffic is always a problem, especially during the overboost session, as everyone is looking for space. I’m really looking forward to the race though.”

The top spot in the session was traded between a number of drivers in the opening stages. After the drivers all pitted it was Alex Brundle who went quickest. Local man Johannes Theobald then took top spot as the pole time dropped below 1m48s.

Bortolotti and Hegewald then took first and second places, just a few hundredths quicker than Theobald. Will Bratt squeezed himself into third place with only a few minutes remaining, knocking Theobald down to fourth on the grid.

Miki Monras was fifth, joined on the third row by Mikkel Mac. Christopher Zanella was seventh, ahead of Jack Clarke and Brundle, while Thiemo Storz rounded out the top ten.

1. Mirko Bortolotti, 1:47.906s
2. Tobias Hegewald, +0.014s
3. Will Bratt, +0.016s
4. Johannes Theobald, +0.036s
5. Miki Monras, +0.101s
6. Mikkel Mac, +0.142s
7. Christopher Zanella, +0.214s
8. Jack Clarke, +0.226s
9. Alex Brundle, +0.251s
10. Thiemo Storz, 0.442s

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