George Russell took his fourth pole position of the season and his first since the weekend at Silverstone at the beginning of July as he denied morning pacesetter Sergio Sette Câmara to take top spot in FIA Formula 2 Qualifying at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Friday.
The four points for pole also moves the ART Grand Prix driver nine points clear of main championship rival Lando Norris in the standings, and he will also take heart from the fact that his rival was only seventh in the session.
Sette Câmara set the initial pace in the first runs, but it was Russell who hit the front when it mattered, with his 1:31.546 edging out the Brazilian by 0.054 seconds.
Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi, both race winners in 2018, finished third and fifth fastest for DAMS either side of Russian Time’s Artem Markelov, while Antonio Fuoco took sixth for Charouz Racing System.
Norris, fresh off his second free practice session in Formula 1 with the McLaren F1 Team, could only manage seventh in the second Carlin, more than six-tenths behind Russell, while Trident’s Arjun Maini, Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto and Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz completed the top ten.
Nyck de Vries will find it difficult to make it a hat trick of Feature race victories after technical issues in practice left him on the back foot, and the Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing driver could only manage eleventh, with the Dutchman being joined on the sixth row by ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken, who ended up 1.135 seconds behind his pole position-setting team-mate.
Dorian Boccolacci will start right at the back of the field for MP Motorsport after failing to set a representative time after suffering gearbox issues throughout the session.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Qualifying Result
|1||8||George Russell||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:31.546|
|2||18||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Carlin||1:31.600|
|4||1||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:31.922|
|6||21||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Charouz Racing System||1:32.159|
|9||14||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:32.346|
|10||20||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Charouz Racing System||1:32.407|
|11||4||Nyck de Vries||NED||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:32.566|
|12||7||Jack Aitken||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:32.681|
|13||12||Nirei Fukuzumi||JAP||BWT Arden||1:32.735|
|14||2||Tadasuke Makino||JAP||Russian Time||1:32.750|
|15||15||Roy Nissany||ISR||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:32.801|
|17||3||Sean Gelael||INO||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:32.913|
|18||10||Ralph Boschung||SWI||MP Motorsport||1:32.965|
|19||11||Maximilian Gunther||GER||BWT Arden||1:33.496|
|20||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:48.586|