Barcelona F2: Ferrari F1 junior Charles Leclerc takes pole position

Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Charles Leclerc topped a disrupted qualifying session to claim pole position for the Formula 2 feature race at Barcelona

Barcelona F2: Ferrari F1 junior Charles Leclerc takes pole position

Prema Racing's Leclerc - who also topped practice earlier on Friday - went quickest with a time of 1m29.285 with the last lap of the session.

Leclerc's improvement prevented Russian Time's Luca Ghiotto from taking what would have been a maiden pole in F1's feeder series - rebranded from GP2 for 2017 - as the Italian driver had gone quickest just before the red flags were brought out when Trident's Nabil Jeffri stopped his car on the run down from Turn 4 with a mechanical problem with just over five minutes remaining.

Nyck de Vries, who also spent time at the top of timesheets finished in third place, ahead of early pacesetter Jordan King.

Leclerc was only second quickest after the first runs - which the Prema driver and his team-mate Antonio Fuoco completed later than the rest of the field as they opted to wait for the mid-session lull in action - after struggling with oversteer for much of his lap.

But the 19-year-old improved significantly on his final lap to take his second F2 pole in succession.

Alexander Albon finished fifth for ART, ahead of Renault F1 development driver Oliver Rowland.

Norman Nato was seventh fastest for Arden, with Fuoco eighth and Nicholas Latifi ninth.

Nobuharu Matsushita rounded out the top 10 for ART, as Bahrain feature race winner Artem Markelov qualified down in 13th place.

Former Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi finished 15th in his first qualifying appearance in F2, where he is competing for Campos at his home event this weekend.

Jeffri - who had been struggling with an alternator problem in practice - ended up in 20th place with the slowest time.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m29.285s -
2 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1m29.478s 0.193s
3 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1m29.550s 0.265s
4 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m29.585s 0.300s
5 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m29.732s 0.447s
6 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m29.744s 0.459s
7 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1m29.790s 0.505s
8 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m29.834s 0.549s
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m29.885s 0.600s
10 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m29.975s 0.690s
11 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m30.046s 0.761s
12 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m30.065s 0.780s
13 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m30.177s 0.892s
14 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1m30.231s 0.946s
15 Roberto Merhi Campos Racing 1m30.389s 1.104s
16 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1m30.441s 1.156s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1m30.772s 1.487s
18 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m30.814s 1.529s
19 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m31.148s 1.863s
20 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1m32.303s 3.018s

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