Qualifying report

F2 Paul Ricard: Sargeant claims pole by 0.006s over Iwasa

Logan Sargeant took his second Formula 2 pole position at Circuit Paul Ricard, snatching the top spot in a last-ditch attempt.

Logan Sargeant, Carlin

The Carlin driver knocked Ayumu Iwasa off pole after the DAMS racer was unable to make it across the line for a fourth attempt, with the American beating his earlier time by 0.006 seconds, setting a 1m43.871s.

It marks Sargeant’s second pole in three rounds, having taken his maiden pole at Silverstone and sitting second in the standings after two consecutive feature race wins.

Iwasa settled for second after getting caught up in traffic after a late red flag, prompted by Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger stopping on track with seven minutes left in the session.

A dash to the line ensued once the field emerged from the pits, with Felipe Drugovich initially topping the times, before Frederik Vesti shot up from 11th to the top spot.

Iwasa was next to go quickest, before Sargeant toppled him on the final attempt.

Clement Novalak was first out of the pits at the start of the 30-minute session, leading MP Motorsport team-mate Drugovich at his home race.

The Frenchman was first to set a representative time, with a 1m46.744s, before his team-mate bettered him by a second.

Several others followed suit, with Juri Vips briefly top before Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan went fastest with a 1m44.953s, just 0.01s quicker than the Hitech driver.

The second runs prompted a flurry of purple sectors across the board, with Drugovich up to third with a 1m45.100s as home favourite Theo Pourchaire took the top spot with a 1m44.941s.

The ART driver’s reign was shortlived, though, as Sargeant improved to a 1m44.599s, having been fifth after the first attempts.

As the field pitted at the halfway mark, Drugovich languished in eighth place, with title rival Sargeant out front.

Enzo Fittipaldi was out of his car for Charouz having suffered a technical issue, ending his qualifying session early while running in seventh.

Hauger’s terminal problem came as the reigning FIA Formula 3 champion ran in 13th, having also had an issue in the morning’s practice session.

Following the red flag, Drugovich reclaimed top spot, setting a 1m44.241s with a mighty final sector before he was toppled by Vesti, who was 0.2s quicker.

Pourchaire went second but was knocked down to sixth as the times tumbled, while Doohan tussled to get back across the line as the clock ran down.

Vesti settled for third, with the championship leader in fourth and Doohan, who had his second lap time deleted, in fifth. Pourchaire settled for sixth at his home race, with Vips behind him.

Jehan Daruvala will take reversed-grid pole for Saturday’s sprint race, with Liam Lawson and Marcus Armstrong lining up in second and third respectively.

Formula 2 Paul Ricard qualifying results

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