UNI-Virtuosi’s Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou was the star man in qualifying as he crushed the field to take pole position for Saturday’s feature race by over four tenths.
Zhou was already fastest after the initial runs but cemented his dominance by setting a blistering 1:14:416 which no one could get close to.
Alongside him on the front row will be rookie Felipe Drugovich who never finished higher than sixth in F3 last year but showed sublime pace to beat Zhou’s teammate Callum Ilott to second by 0.004s.
For the second time in as many sessions, Marino Sato brought out the red flag as he lost control of his car at the exit of turn four and span into the gravel trap.
Behind Ilott came Christian Lundgaard who set his best lap after the red flag was removed as did Mick Schumacher who finally managed to hook up a lap after a disappointing practice.
Jehan Daruvala will start from sixth with Luca Ghiotto and Robert Shwartzman on row four. Dan Ticktum and Louis Delétraz completed the top ten but a number of drivers had laps ruined at the end of the session after Nikita Mazepin span at turn six to bring out yellow flags.
Mazepin himself though starts 11th which he’ll be happy with after missing all of practice, but the likes of Yuki Tsunoda, Marcus Armstrong and Jack Aitken have it all to do from P12-14 after being forced to back off because of the Russian’s pirouette.
|2||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1:14:880|
|7||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||1:15:044|
|11||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||1:15:152|
|18||Guiliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||1:15:688|
|20||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||1:15:746|
|21||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1:15:897|