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Sport Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone

21:48  31 july  2020
21:48  31 july  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Felipe Drugovich thundered to a maiden FIA Formula 2 pole position in qualifying at Silverstone , claiming MP Motorsport's first pole in the series. After a particularly impressive middle sector, Drugovich posted a 1m39.527s time to take control of the session, which remained unchallenged as

Rookie Felipe Drugovich ’s incredible start to life in Formula 2 continued in Silverstone as he took his, and MP Motorsport’s, first ever pole Having used up their tyres, and with the track cooling down, no one could improve at the chequered flag, which meant a maiden pole position for Drugovich , ahead

a person racing a motorcycle on a track: Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone © LAT Images Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone

Felipe Drugovich thundered to a maiden FIA Formula 2 pole position in qualifying at Silverstone, claiming MP Motorsport's first pole in the series.

After a particularly impressive middle sector, Drugovich posted a 1m39.527s time to take control of the session, which remained unchallenged as his rivals completed their runs.

Although the mercury reached 31 degrees Celsius at the top of session, the threat of rain lingered on the teams' radars to put pressure on the teams to deliver.

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Felipe Drugovich qualified on pole position but made a sluggish start on hard tyres, allowing Prema's Mick Schumacher to The Hitech GP driver cruised to the finish line from there on, finishing 5.3s clear of second -placed Zhou. Unlike Drugovich , Renault junior Zhou was able to make the alternative

Felipe Drugovich thundered to a maiden FIA Formula 2 pole position in qualifying at Silverstone , claiming MP After a particularly impressive middle sector, Drugovich posted a 1m39.527s time to take control of the session, which remained unbothered as his rivals completed their runs.

This meant that traffic was frequently a factor but, having gone out early, Carlin driver Jehan Daruvala was quickest after the initial flurry of runs having transcended ART's Christian Lundgaard for the early bragging rights.

But after the gap between runs as the drivers took new medium compound tyres, Daruvala's team-mate Yuki Tsunoda looked to have the edge in the first sector before going wide at Copse and failing to improve.

The centrepiece to Drugovich's time was a brutal middle sector, in which he went half-a-second quicker than then-leader Daruvala to eclipse the Carlin driver by 0.6s in total.

Callum Ilott will start alongside Drugovich on the front row, having been 0.139s down on the Brazilian driver.

Mick Schumacher rose above a difficult session to claim third, and will start alongside Renault junior driver Lundgaard on the second row in tomorrow's feature race.

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Virtuosi’s Ilott claimed his second pole of the year with a 1m39.062s lap, which denied Renault junior Championship leader Robert Shwartzman continued to struggle at Silverstone with the 11th fastest time for Prema, just ahead of last week’s first-time polesitter Felipe Drugovich (MP Motorsport).

Felipe Drugovich qualified on pole position but made a sluggish start on hard tyres, allowing Prema's Mick Schumacher to © LAT Images Mazepin dominates Silverstone F 2 feature for maiden win. Meanwhile, Callum Ilott completed a heroic drive from the pitlane to finish just over 2.5s seconds

Prema pair Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman were forced to run out of sequence having encountered a profusion of traffic on their initial hot laps.

In particular Trident's Roy Nissany made a frequent nuisance of himself in the first half, baulking Schumacher's first attempt at a hot lap into Club - and offered HWA's Giuliano Alesi the same treatment as the Frenchman logged a time.

Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone © LAT Images Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone

Schumacher took to the radio to air his grievances, also sending Nissany a few choice hand gestures while side by side.

Nikita Mazepin logged the fifth-fastest time for the Hitech team, beating Jack Aitken - who was firmly in the battle for pole.

Aitken had impressed in his first set of runs and briefly held pole before Lundgaard assumed the mantle, and his final run looked good enough for the top three before the Campos driver snagged the final exit kerb onto the start-finish straight.

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Felipe Drugovich qualified on pole position but made a sluggish start on hard tyres, allowing Prema's Mick Schumacher to The Hitech GP driver cruised to the finish line from there on, finishing 5.3s clear of second -placed Zhou. Unlike Drugovich , Renault junior Zhou was able to make the alternative

Starting from pole , Ticktum led for the entire race, and only came under threat in the final lap after ART Grand Prix made the brave decision to pit Christian ROAD TO F1: Mazepin takes first F 2 win as Zhou rallies to second at Silverstone . The Renault junior made a late charge from fifth to second, but

Daruvala couldn't improve in his second runs and had to be content with seventh on tomorrow's grid, while Ilott's UNI-Virtuosi team-mate Guanyu Zhou was eighth-best with his late effort.

Tsunoda, who topped practice earlier on, fell down to ninth place and will start alongside Charouz's Louis Deletraz on row five.

Drugovich's MP stablemate Nobuharu Matsushita was 11th, having had an earlier time deleted for a track limits infringement.

Like Schumacher, Shwartzman was also embroiled in traffic, having encountered Nissany and DAMS' Sean Gelael in the final array of corners - having arguably blocked Gelael a few laps prior on the Hangar Straight in an attempt to find space on track.

The current championship leader was put under investigation for that blockage, but could do no better than 18th - just 0.005s clear of Nissany, who also endured a spin at Copse to compound his misery.

Silverstone F2 qualifying results

PosDriverTeamGap
1Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport1m39.527s
2Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi0.139s
3Mick SchumacherPrema Racing0.234s
4Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix0.319s
5Nikita MazepinHitech Grand Prix0.436s
6Jack AitkenCampos Racing0.555s
7Jehan DaruvalaCarlin0.613s
8Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi0.653s
9Yuki TsunodaCarlin0.689s
10Louis DeletrazCharouz Racing System0.797s
11Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport0.820s
12Dan TicktumDAMS0.869s
13Luca GhiottoHitech Grand Prix0.894s
14Pedro PiquetCharouz Racing System0.916s
15Marcus ArmstrongART Grand Prix0.921s
16Sean GelaelDAMS0.949s
17Marino SatoTrident1.431s
18Robert ShwartzmanPrema Racing1.520s
19Roy NissanyTrident1.525s
20Giuliano AlesiBWT HWA RACELAB1.747s
21Artem MarkelovBWT HWA RACELAB1.815s
22Guilherme SamaiaCampos Racing2.677s

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