Charles Leclerc continued his dominance in FIA Formula 2 Qualifying by taking his fifth pole position in as many races at the Red Bull Ring on Friday.
The Prema Racing driver had been fastest in the one and only practice session earlier in the day, but maintained his 100% pole record with a great lap of 1:13.396s, 0.340 seconds clear of the field.
“We are very happy for our fifth pole,” said Leclerc. “I did a good lap, I’m quite happy about it and about the car which felt great. I missed a little bit in sector 2 and we need to look at the data in order to improve it for tomorrow.
“But it was a positive qualifying again, with the fifth pole in five races. Thank you to Prema: we will work to finish in the same position tomorrow.”
Joining Leclerc on the front row will be Brazilian teenager Sergio Sette Câmara, who had by far his best session of the season for MP Motorsport. The Brazilian, a former Red Bull Junior, denied Prema a front row lock out, with Antonio Fuoco 0.040 seconds back in third ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon.
Albon is back in the car this weekend after sitting out the races in Azerbaijan due to injury, with the Thai driver 0.492 seconds down on Leclerc, while Oliver Rowland, who currently sits second in the championship, was fifth fastest for DAMS ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Nobuharu Matsushita.
Nyck de Vries will start seventh for Rapax ahead of Russian Time’s Luca Ghiotto, while DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi and Pertamina Arden’s Norman Nato complete the top ten.
Sergio Canamasas has switched from Trident to Rapax in place of Johnny Cecotto Jr for this weekend in Austria, with the Italian qualifying fourteenth, while his replacement at Trident is series veteran Raffaele Marciello, who will start down in seventeenth.
UPDATE: Sette Câmara has lost his front row grid slot after he was disqualified from qualifying after he was unable to provide the minimum 1 litre of fuel following the session. He will therefore start at the back of the field, with Fuoco now moving onto the front row alongside team-mate Leclerc.
Red Bull Ring Qualifying Result
|1||1||Charles Leclerc||MON||Prema Racing||1:13.396|
|2||2||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Racing||1:13.776|
|3||8||Alexander Albon||THA||ART Grand Prix||1:13.888|
|5||7||Nobuharu Matsushita||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:13.922|
|6||18||Nyck de Vries||NED||Rapax||1:14.034|
|7||5||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||Russian Time||1:14.180|
|9||20||Norman Nato||FRA||Pertamina Arden||1:14.203|
|10||11||Ralph Boschung||SWI||Campos Racing||1:14.363|
|11||3||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Racing Engineering||1:14.377|
|12||15||Jordan King||GBR||MP Motorsport||1:14.384|
|14||6||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:14.534|
|15||21||Sean Gelael||INO||Pertamina Arden||1:14.555|
|17||12||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Campos Racing||1:14.653|
|19||4||Gustav Malja||SWE||Racing Engineering||1:15.121|
|20||14||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||MP Motorsport||No Time|