Leclerc Dominates Wet Spa-Francorchamps Qualifying

Charles Leclerc took another pole position at Spa-Francorchamps - Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

Charles Leclerc took his seventh pole position in eight rounds as he secured top spot in a wet qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday.

The Monegasque driver, who only lost his 100% pole record last time out at the Hungaroring because of a technical infraction out of his control, emerged from a tricky session in the Ardennes at the top of the timing screens, with the Prema Racing driver’s best lap of 2:20.842s almost seven-tenths of a second clear of his rivals.

Joining Leclerc on the front row will be DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi, who denied his team-mate Oliver Rowland by less than a tenth-of-a-second, while Gustav Malja, who had a breakthrough weekend at this circuit in 2016, secured fourth on the grid for Racing Engineering.

Antonio Fuoco was fifth fastest for Prema Racing ahead of Nyck de Vries in the second of the Racing Engineering machines, with the Dutchman having made a pre-race switch from the Rapax team, while Luca Ghiotto was the leading of the Russian Time drivers in seventh.

Roberto Merhi was eighth for Rapax on his return to the series, while Artem Markelov of Russian Time and Alexander Albon of ART Grand Prix rounded out the top ten.

The session was red flagged with a little over three minutes remaining when Sergio Sette Câmara spun at Pouhon and ended up facing the wrong way, with the MP Motorsport driver ultimately ending up eleventh fastest ahead of Trident’s Santino Ferrucci and Rapax’s Louis Delétraz.

On the restart, conditions had deteriorated, meaning improving on lap times was almost impossible, and it left a number of drivers seemingly out of position, with Nobuharu Matsushita fifteenth, Jordan King sixteenth and Norman Nato down in eighteenth.

Spa-Francorchamps Qualifying Result

11Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing2:20.842
210Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS2:21.510
39Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS2:21.578
44Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering2:22.069
52Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing2:22.073
63Nyck de VriesNEDRacing Engineering2:22.534
75Luca GhiottoITARussian Time2:22.952
819Roberto MerhiESPRapax2:23.132
96Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time2:23.180
108Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix2:23.409
1114Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport2:23.424
1217Santino FerrucciUSATrident2:23.459
1318Louis DeletrazITARapax2:23.470
1411Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing2:23.737
157Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix2:23.788
1615Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport2:24.127
1712Robert VisoiuROMCampos Racing2:24.215
1820Norman NatoFRAPertamina Arden2:24.437
1921Sean GelaelINOPertamina Arden2:25.039
2016Nabil JeffriMAYTrident2:27.008