Red Bull Ring F2: Leclerc maintains his perfect qualifying pole run

Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Charles Leclerc continued his perfect record of pole positions in Formula 2 as he beat Sergio Sette Camara in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring

Red Bull Ring F2: Leclerc maintains his perfect qualifying pole run

Leclerc, who also topped the day's earlier practice session in Austria, initially headed the times after the field had completed their first qualifying runs on super-soft Pirelli tyres in the 30-minute session.

After a long gap of little action as the clouds grew darker over the circuit, the pack emerged and a flurry of improvements took place.

Sette Camara improved his personal best to grab top spot from ART Grand Prix's Alexander Albon - who is racing with a broken right collarbone this weekend - before Leclerc put in a lap of 1m13.396s to seize his fifth F2 pole of 2017 by 0.3 seconds.

Leclerc's Prema Racing team-mate and fellow Ferrari F1 junior, Antonio Fuoco, completed the top three.

Albon wound up fourth in his first qualifying session since the Monaco round in May, with British driver Oliver Rowland - who is second in the drivers' championship - fifth for DAMS.

Nobuharu Matsushita was sixth ahead of McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries, Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi.

Norman Nato rounded out the top 10 for Arden International.

Bahrain feature race winner Artem Markelov, who is third in the points standings, ended up 15th.

The Russian Time driver had set a personal best first sector on his final lap in the closing moments of the session but was forced to abandon it after Sette Camara beached his car in the gravel trap on the exit of the fast Turn 8 right-hander.

Series-returnee Raffaele Marciello - the only driver to run during the long quiet spell in the middle of the session - finished 17th in his first qualifying session back in the F1 support series.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m13.396s -
2 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m13.776s 0.380s
3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m13.888s 0.492s
4 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m13.903s 0.507s
5 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m13.922s 0.526s
6 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1m14.034s 0.638s
7 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1m14.180s 0.784s
8 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m14.193s 0.797s
9 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1m14.203s 0.807s
10 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m14.363s 0.967s
11 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m14.377s 0.981s
12 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m14.384s 0.988s
13 Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1m14.489s 1.093s
14 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m14.534s 1.138s
15 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1m14.555s 1.159s
16 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m14.643s 1.247s
17 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1m14.653s 1.257s
18 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1m14.672s 1.276s
19 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m15.121s 1.725s
- Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport - -

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