Tuscher Claims Sensational Pole On F2 Debut

Matheo Tuscher - Photo Credit: Formula Two
Matheo Tuscher - Photo Credit: Formula Two

15-year-old Matheo Tuscher has claimed pole position for his first race in the FIA Formula Two Championship at Silverstone.

The Swiss driver, last year's Formula Pilota China champion, finished up two tenths clear of the rest of the field.

It was pre-season pacesetter Markus Pommer who set the pace early on, but his session came to a premature end when he spun at Luffield, leaving him at the back of the grid for today's race.

Mihai Marinescu, the man fastest in both of Friday's free practice sessions, then moved ahead, and he stayed in command into the second half of the 30 minute session.

Tuscher took provisional pole with just over five minutes remaining, going 0.658s quicker than anyone else at the time. His place at the front of the grid could possibly be in doubt though, having been warned for exceeding track limits during the session.

Luciano Bacheta was the man who got closest to him and will line up on the front row. Last year's runner-up Christopher Zanella made it three Swiss drivers in the top three.

Marinescu ended up in fourth place, ahead of reigning European F3 Open champion Alex Fontana. Formula Renault BARC champion Dino Zamparelli was sixth, just six thousandths of a second behind Fontana.

Fellow British drivers Daniel McKenzie and Hector Hurst will line up in seventh and eighth, ahead of Kevin Mirocha and Chinese driver David Zhu.