Sport Barcelona F2: Ilott takes third pole position of the season

20:18  14 august  2020
20:18  14 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Ilott takes Barcelona F2 pole position © LAT Images Ilott takes Barcelona F2 pole position

Ferrari junior Callum Ilott strengthened his position at the head of the Formula 2 drivers' standings with his third pole position of the 2020 season at Barcelona.

llott was second-fastest in the opening runs of the 45-minute session, falling just 0.025s shy of the early benchmark set by Prema's Robert Shwartzman.

The British driver was shuffled down to third by UNI-Virtuosi team-mate Guanyu Zhou, who took advantage of an empty track after the opening runs to go second-fastest with a time just 0.014s shy of Shwartzman.

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Ilott decided to begin his second run early, and managed to pull a huge gap on the rest of the field with a lap of 1m28.381s to go nearly half a second clear.

Shwartzman couldn't respond on his own second run and fell 0.183s short of a maiden pole, albeit securing his first F2 front-row start to continue his impressive start to his rookie F2 campaign thanks to feature race wins at the second Red Bull Ring round and Hungaroring round.

Zhou looked as if he would threaten his team-mate's provisional pole as he again had the track almost to himself for his final flyer, going fastest of all in the first sector, but the Renault junior lost ground later in the lap and came up 0.220s shy of Ilott meaning he slotted into third place ahead of tomorrow's feature race.

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a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Ilott takes Barcelona F2 pole position © LAT Images Ilott takes Barcelona F2 pole position

Joining Zhou on the second row for Saturday's opening race will be MP Motorsport driver Felipe Drugovich, while Mick Schumacher (Prema) and Yuki Tsunoda (Carlin) will make up row three.

Jack Aitken was seventh for Campos, ahead of practice pacesetter Dan Ticktum (DAMS), Nikita Mazepin (Hitech) and Louis Deletraz (Charouz).

ART Grand Prix's difficult weekend continued with Christian Lundgaard, who is currently second in the drivers' standings and just two points ahead of Shwartzman, qualifying down in 14th with team-mate Marcus Armstong further back in 19th.

It means Lundgaard, who goes into the Barcelona feature race facing a deficit of 23 points to championship leader Ilott.

Barcelona F2 starting grid

1Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi1m28.381s
2Robert ShwartzmanPrema Racing0.183s
3Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi0.220s
4Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport0.386s
5Mick SchumacherPrema Racing0.508s
6Yuki TsunodaCarlin0.522s
7Jack AitkenCampos Racing0.598s
8Dan TicktumDAMS0.605s
9Nikita MazepinHitech Grand Prix0.652s
10Louis DeletrazCharouz Racing System0.818s
11Artem MarkelovBWT HWA RACELAB0.916s
12Jehan DaruvalaCarlin0.927s
13Sean GelaelDAMS0.935s
14Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix0.952s
15Roy NissanyTrident1.088s
16Marino SatoTrident1.112s
17Pedro PiquetCharouz Racing System1.143s
18Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport1.260s
19Marcus ArmstrongART Grand Prix1.305s
20Luca GhiottoHitech Grand Prix1.309s
21Giuliano AlesiBWT HWA RACELAB1.367s
22Guilherme SamaiaCampos Racing1.712s

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