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Formula 2 Baku: Alexander Albon claims maiden pole position

DAMS driver Alexander Albon claimed his maiden Formula 2 pole position at the Baku City Circuit, ahead of Lando Norris and George Russell

Albon looked to have the measure of all but Luca Ghiotto after the first spate of flying laps, but a brilliant 1m54.480s with just over a minute to go saw off his rivals, benefiting from a slipstream along Baku's lengthy main straight.

Norris was following ART Grand Prix's Russell in the late running as the pair bid to beat Ghiotto's benchmark.

While neither were in the top three in practice, both delivered strong laps to jump Ghiotto, but they ultimately trailed Albon in the final running.

Albon's DAMS team-mate Nicholas Latifi's spin through Turn 7 ended the session just over a minute early with a red flag, denying some the chance to improve.

While Ghiotto was quick early in the session, he failed to match the improvements made by rivals and settled for fourth, while Haas F1 junior Santino Ferrucci topped the Trident charge in fifth.

Norris' Carlin team-mate and practice pacestter Sergio Sette Camara could only manage sixth, with one of his early laps hampered by Ferrucci.

Ferrucci's Trident team-mate Arjun Maini, Nyck de Vries and Ralph Boschung rounded out the top 10.

Bahrain podium finisher Maximilian Gunther brought out an early red flag when his Arden-run F2/18 stopped exiting Turn 1, but he was pushed back into the pits by marshals and recovered to take 11th.

Russian Time's Artem Markelov, who rose from the pitlane to the podium in Bahrain, had another messy qualifying session, condemning him to only 18th on the grid.

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m54.480s 9
2 Lando Norris Carlin 0.214s 8
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix 0.362s 10
4 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 0.500s 10
5 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 0.732s 9
6 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 0.756s 9
7 Arjun Maini Trident 0.994s 9
8 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1.248s 9
9 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1.281s 9
10 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1.659s 8
11 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 2.052s 9
12 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 2.610s 9
13 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 2.625s 9
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 3.028s 10
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 3.124s 9
16 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 7.422s 5
- Santino Ferrucci Trident 0.720s 9
- Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1.490s 9
- Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 2.871s 9
- Nicholas Latifi DAMS 8.490s 8


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