Formula 2

Zhou leaves it late to snatch pole from Lundgaard

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Credit: FIA Formula 2

The first qualifying session of the 2021 FIA Formula 2 season didn’t disappoint as Guanyu Zhou took pole in the dying embers of the session, sneaking ahead of Christian Lundgaard.

The Chinese driver was fastest heading into the final runs after running in the gap at the start of the session and was last to cross the line when the chequered flag fell. He finished his lap 0.003s ahead of Lundgaard who had previously beaten Zhou’s time by four tenths.

Zhou’s teammate, and practice pace-setter, Felipe Drugovich was quickest after the first laps of qualifying but couldn’t improve to the same extent as the two ahead of him and he had to settle for third.

Dan Ticktum was fourth fastest for Carlin ahead of Juri Vips and Richard Verschoor who in particular was very impressive in his first F2 qualifying.

Jehan Daruvala was seventh ahead of Oscar Piastri and Liam Lawson, while David Beckmann qualified tenth for Charouz which sees him start on pole for the first sprint race of the season tomorrow morning, thanks to the reverse grid.

Championship favourite Robert Shwartzman caused a late red flag as his PREMA ground to a halt on the exit of the final corner and he was pushed down to twelfth behind young French hotshot Théo Pourchaire.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:42:848
2Christian LundgaardART1:42:851
3Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:43:211
4Dan TicktumCarlin1:43:338
5Juri VipsHitech GP1:43:441
6Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:43:443
7Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:43:475
8Oscar PiastriPREMA1:43:478
9Liam LawsonHitech GP1:43:519
10David BeckmannCharouz1:43:559
11Théo PourchaireART1:43:585
12Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:43:694
13Ralph BoschungCampos1:43:704
14Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:43:729
15Roy NissanyDAMS1:43:768
16Bent ViscaalTrident1:43:839
17Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:43:955
18Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:44:227
19Marino SatoTrident1:44:654
20Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:44:825
21Gianluca PetecofCampos1:45:053
22Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:46:712

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