F2 Spain: Albon takes second consecutive pole position, de Vries P2

Alexander Albon took a second consecutive Formula 2 pole position by topping the charts at Barcelona, despite a risky call to sit out the end of the session

F2 Spain: Albon takes second consecutive pole position, de Vries P2

Nyck de Vries was second ahead of Luca Ghiotto, with ART Grand Prix pair George Russell and Jack Aitken fourth and fifth. Championship leader Lando Norris qualified eighth for Carlin.

In Friday's earlier practice session, the track had improved significantly as time went on, but despite that, Albon and team-mate Nicholas Latifi sat in the pits for the final few minutes of qualifying, which gave their rivals a free shot at their times.

But Albon's benchmark, a 1m28.142s, was good enough to withstand a late flurry of efforts - including Prema Racing's de Vries, who could only finish 0.227s behind with his final effort.

Ghiotto, Russell and Aitken improved to round out the top five, which therefore left Latifi ruing his late spell on the pitwall as he fell to sixth.

Russell was one of several drivers who pointed to the wind as a reason for their struggling during the earlier practice, which he felt was unsettling his car.

"There's a very strong headwind, which consequently means you have a strong tailwind into Turn 4, Turn 7 and the high speed of Turn 9, so it's making it very tricky to drive through these corners," he explained.

But set-up changes worked a treat in qualifying to boost the Mercedes Formula 1 junior ahead of Aitken, who is making his F1 test debut for Renault following this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Russian Time's Tadasuke Makino took seventh ahead of Norris, who struggled to hook up a clean lap, something he also failed to do in practice.

The rapid right of Campsa (Turn 9) seemed to be the McLaren F1 reserve's bogey corner - it was where he ran wide in practice and then took too much curb on the inside on one of his qualifying runs, just after setting a purple first sector.

A disappointing session for Norris' Carlin squad, which leads the teams' standings after two rounds, was capped off by his team-mate Sergio Sette Camara slowing on track during the initial running.

The Brazilian driver's F2 2018 car suffered electrical problems, but he did return to the track at the end of the session. His time was good enough for 14th.

MP Motorsport duo Ralph Boschung and Roberto Merhi rounded out the top 10, while Artem Markelov's abysmal qualifying run continued as he ended up 19th, only ahead of the Santino Ferrucci (Trident), who crashed at the exit of Campsa in the final quarter of the 30-minute session.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m28.142s - 11
2 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m28.369s 0.227s 11
3 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m28.400s 0.258s 11
4 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m28.524s 0.382s 11
5 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m28.579s 0.437s 11
6 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m28.605s 0.463s 11
7 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m28.620s 0.478s 11
8 Lando Norris Carlin 1m28.923s 0.781s 10
9 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m28.970s 0.828s 11
10 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m29.081s 0.939s 11
11 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m29.130s 0.988s 13
12 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m29.136s 0.994s 11
13 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m29.143s 1.001s 12
14 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m29.256s 1.114s 5
15 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m29.284s 1.142s 11
16 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m29.307s 1.165s 11
17 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m29.376s 1.234s 12
18 Arjun Maini Trident 1m29.407s 1.265s 11
19 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m29.585s 1.443s 11
20 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m30.440s 2.298s 6



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