UNI-Virtuosi made a bold and, in hindsight, genius strategy call which led to Callum Ilott taking his second FIA Formula 2 pole and his first of 2020 in a wet session at the Hungaroring.
There was a lot of running in the early minutes as everyone tried to get to grips with the soggy track and visibility was becoming a real issue as twenty-two cars battled for track position.
To get around this, UNI-Virtuosi ran their two cars in ‘the gap’ as the rest of the field pitted for new wet tyres and the clear track was enough to make the difference, Ilott took pole with teammate Guanyu Zhou third.
They will be sandwiched by Hitech GP’s Luca Ghiotto who used every ounce of his experience and talent to earn a front row start.
Dan Ticktum continued his good form from the Styrian Grand Prix to qualify fourth ahead of Mick Schumacher who needs a good weekend to get his championship charge up and running.
Christian Lundgaard was sixth but he was extremely happy with his car and may have been challenging for pole had Jehan Daruvala not brought out a late red flag to prematurely end the session.
Marcus Armstrong took his time getting up to speed to eventually qualify seventh ahead of Jack Aitken, Sean Gelael and practice pace-setter Guiliano Alesi.
Championship leader Robert Shwartzman was disappointing with eleventh but again was scuppered by the late red flag.
Guilherme Samaia didn’t manage to set a lap after spinning and causing a red flag very early on in the session, he’ll start from the back.
|2||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||1:51:075|
|10||Guiliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||1:52:567|
|16||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||1:53:462|
|17||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||1:53:569|
|18||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1:53:583|
|21||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1:55:869|
|22||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||NO TIME|