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

Drugovich captures maiden F2 pole at Silverstone

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m39.527s
2 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 0.139s
3 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 0.234s
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 0.319s
5 Nikita Mazepin Hitech Grand Prix 0.436s
6 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 0.555s
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 0.613s
8 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 0.653s
9 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 0.689s
10 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 0.797s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 0.820s
12 Dan Ticktum DAMS 0.869s
13 Luca Ghiotto Hitech Grand Prix 0.894s
14 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 0.916s
15 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 0.921s
16 Sean Gelael DAMS 0.949s
17 Marino Sato Trident 1.431s
18 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 1.520s
19 Roy Nissany Trident 1.525s
20 Giuliano Alesi BWT HWA RACELAB 1.747s
21 Artem Markelov BWT HWA RACELAB 1.815s
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 2.677s


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