Monza F2: Ilott bags fourth pole of 2020 after late Schumacher crash

Callum Ilott took his fourth pole position of the Formula 2 season after topping a qualifying session at Monza that was prematurely ended by a crash for Mick Schumacher

Monza F2: Ilott bags fourth pole of 2020 after late Schumacher crash

UNI-Virtuosi's Ilott lost the F2 points lead after a disastrous round at Spa last weekend where he scored just one point.

He responded with a stunning last-gasp effort in the 30-minute qualifying to edge Red Bull and Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda by just 0.030 seconds.

Ilott tucked in behind Brazilian racer Felipe Drugovich at the start of his final flying lap and used the tow to vault to the top of the leaderboard.

The majority of his rivals were unable to respond when Ilott's Ferrari stablemate Schumacher spun into the barriers on the exit of the Ascari chicane with just three minutes of the session remaining.

The red flag was called to recover Schumacher's car and the decision was made soon after to not restart the session.

This ensured Ilott claimed the four bonus points for pole to cut the points deficit to his fellow Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman in the drivers' championship to six points.

Series veteran Luca Ghiotto enjoyed his best qualifying performance since Hungary with the third-fastest effort ahead of Renault junior Christian Lundgaard.

Roy Nissany, buoyed by his second Formula 1 free practice outing with Williams earlier on Friday, earned his best-ever F2 qualifying result in fifth place for Trident.

Prema's Schumacher was leading the session after the first qualifying runs but slipped down to seventh place following his crash, just behind late-improver Nikita Mazepin.

The top eight was completed by Tsunoda's Carlin team-mate Jehan Daruvala, with Haas Formula 1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz in ninth place for Charouz Racing System.

Dan Ticktum was within a tenth of Schumacher's benchmark following the first qualifying runs, but slipped down to 10th place after failing to improve on his second run.

Red Bull junior Juri Vips was 11th fastest in his second F2 qualifying session, just 0.008s adrift of his DAMS team-mate Ticktum.

ART Grand Prix's Marcus Armstrong was unable to follow through with his strong practice showing, with the 15th fastest time ahead of championship leader Shwartzman.

A grid spot of 16th place will mark the third feature race this season that Shwartzman has started from outside of the top 10.

Ilott's team-mate Guanyu Zhou's Monza struggles continued with his worst qualifying performance of the year in 17th position.

F2 Monza qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 1m31.929s
2 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 0.030s
3 Luca Ghiotto Hitech Grand Prix 0.198s
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 0.271s
5 Roy Nissany Trident 0.297s
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech Grand Prix 0.338s
7 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 0.348s
8 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 0.379s
9 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 0.413s
10 Dan Ticktum DAMS 0.444s
11 Juri Vips DAMS 0.452s
12 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 0.483s
13 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 0.491s
14 Marino Sato Trident 0.605s
15 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 0.663s
16 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 0.668s
17 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 0.673s
18 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 0.681s
19 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 0.694s
20 Giuliano Alesi BWT HWA RACELAB 0.697s
21 Artem Markelov BWT HWA RACELAB 1.382s
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 1.572s



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