Five from Five for Magnificent Leclerc after Red Bull Ring Pole

Charles Leclerc took his fifth pole in as many races in Austria on Friday - Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

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

11Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:13.396
22Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:13.776
38Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:13.888
49Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:13.903
57Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:13.922
618Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:14.034
75Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:14.180
810Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:14.193
920Norman NatoFRAPertamina Arden1:14.203
1011Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:14.363
113Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:14.377
1215Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:14.384
1319Sergio CanamasasITARapax1:14.489
146Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:14.534
1521Sean GelaelINOPertamina Arden1:14.555
1617Raffaele MarcielloITATrident1:14.643
1712Robert VisoiuROMCampos Racing1:14.653
1816Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:14.672
194Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:15.121
2014Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP MotorsportNo Time