Formula V8 3.5

Fittipaldi Returns to the Top in Second Qualifying at Spa

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The second World Series Formula V8 3.5 qualifying session saw Pietro Fittipaldi return to his best, dominating the majority of the session and securing the championship leader a third pole of the year at Spa-Francorchamps.

The long two-minute lap ensured that many of drivers were straight out on track, making the most of the 30 minutes available. Fittipaldi had taken an early lead in the standings before he and the rest of the field, headed straight back in.

From there the times remained fairly static as drivers struggled to improve around the Ardenne Forrest. Konstantin Tereschenko had been second after the initial run, but found himself dropping drown as the drivers found their rhythm with two minutes to run.

Matevos Isaakyan had initially taken provisional pole, before Fittipaldi responded with a 1min 58.731, a time that would have beaten Alfonso Celis Jr. on Thursday.

The Lotus drivers of Fittipaldi and Rene Binder became the only ones to drop below the 1min 59sec benchmark inheriting the front row from a late charging Diego Menchaca. Isaakyan would fail to improve and thus remained in fourth, four thousandth behind the Mexican driver.

Roy Nissany, Celis Jr and Egor Orudzhev would be the only other drivers to set a time below two minutes with a mediocre session from Damiano Fioravanti seeing him round out the top eight.

At the back of the field, the Teo Martin Motorsport pairing of Tereschenko and Nelson Mason filled the penultimate row, from Yu Kanamaru and the Italian Giuseppe Cipriani, four seconds off the pace.

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