An elated Felipe Drugovich took his maiden FIA Formula 2 pole with a stunning lap at the end of Friday’s qualifying session at Silverstone.
The Brazilian, who was victorious in the sprint race at Austria, was especially quick in the fearsome middle sector as he was many tenths clear through the brave Copse, Maggots and Becketts sequence of corners.
He wasn’t as formidable elsewhere but he was still quick enough to beat Callum Ilott to pole by 0.139s. Mick Schumacher was third for PREMA after a troubled first run baulked by Roy Nissany. Schumacher was sure to give the Israeli the one-fingered salute as he expressed his displeasure.
Nissany is under investigation for the incident as is championship leader Robert Shwartzman who almost came together with Sean Gelael on the Hangar Straight. The Russian could only manage eighteenth with title rival Ilott up in second.
Christian Lundgaard put in a good lap late on to qualify fourth ahead of Nikita Mazepin, who is still riding high from his first F2 podium in Hungary, and Jack Aitken.
Carlin had been the pace-setters in practice but Jehan Daruvala couldn’t do better than seventh and Yuki Tsunoda – who topped practice by half a second – only ninth.
Guanyu Zhou lies in between the two Red Bull juniors in eighth after taking pole at this track in 2019; Louis Delétraz was tenth for Charouz.
|1||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1:39:527|
|5||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||1:39:963|
|11||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1:40:347|
|13||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||1:40:421|
|20||Guiliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||1:41:274|
|21||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||1:41:342|