Spa Formula 2: Ferrari F1 junior Charles Leclerc on pole in wet

Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Charles Leclerc topped a disrupted and wet Formula 2 qualifying at Spa ahead of DAMS duo Nicholas Latifi and Oliver Rowland

Spa Formula 2: Ferrari F1 junior Charles Leclerc on pole in wet

Leclerc, who has set the fastest lap in every F2 qualifying session so far in 2017 but was stripped of pole last time out in Hungary due to a technical infringement, set a best time of 2m20.842s.

Latifi and Rowland - the closest driver to Leclerc in the championship standings at 50 points adrift - were the only ones able to get within one-second of the top spot, finishing 0.668 seconds and 0.736s behind respectively.

The Belgian circuit was wet from the outset following a huge downpour that began towards the end of the day's earlier second F1 practice session, but slowly began to dry out as the F2 field circulated on the wet Pirelli tyres.

McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries and Luca Ghiotto both had short holds on first place before Leclerc surged into the lead with seven minutes of the 30-minute session completed.

The Monegasque driver was then briefly deposed by Latifi and his Prema Racing team-mate Antonio Fuoco but Leclerc soon re-established his grip on first place.

He improved again shortly after that effort to set the best time of the day before a mid-session lull took place as the drivers headed for the pits.

When the action resumed, Latifi pushed Rowland down to third while Artem Markelov, who saved a big moment going through Eau Rouge in the first half of the session, set the fastest time in the first sector.

But the Russian Time driver had to abandon his lap as the red flags came out due to MP Motorsport driver Sergio Sette Camara spinning off on the run between Turn 9 and the sweeping long left of Pouhon.

Sette Camara could not get going again and the session was suspended with just under four minutes remaining.

Though the field was able to make it back out on track for a last dash to complete a final timed lap after Sette Camara's car was recovered, the rain returned and no drivers were able to improve.

Renault F1 development driver Rowland, who charged past several cars on his out-lap, went off at the Bruxelles hairpin on his final flying lap but was able to keep his car out of the barriers.

Leclerc set a personal best in sector one but went off at Les Combe, touring around after that to the complete the lap where his pole position was confirmed as the chequered flag fell.

Gustav Malja was fourth fastest for Racing Engineering, ahead of Fuoco, and his new team-mate de Vries was sixth.

Ghiotto ended up seventh ahead of former F1 driver Roberto Merhi - who is returning to make his second F2 appearance of the season with the Rapax squad after competing at Barcelona with Campos Racing - and Markelov.

Alexander Albon rounded out the top 10 ahead of Sette Camara and Haas F1 junior driver Santino Ferrucci.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 2m20.842s -
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 2m21.510s 0.668s
3 Oliver Rowland DAMS 2m21.578s 0.736s
4 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 2m22.069s 1.227s
5 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 2m22.073s 1.231s
6 Nyck de Vries Racing Engineering 2m22.534s 1.692s
7 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 2m22.952s 2.110s
8 Roberto Merhi Rapax 2m23.132s 2.290s
9 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 2m23.180s 2.338s
10 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 2m23.409s 2.567s
11 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 2m23.424s 2.582s
12 Santino Ferrucci Trident 2m23.459s 2.617s
13 Louis Deletraz Rapax 2m23.470s 2.628s
14 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 2m23.737s 2.895s
15 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 2m23.788s 2.946s
16 Jordan King MP Motorsport 2m24.127s 3.285s
17 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 2m24.215s 3.373s
18 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 2m24.437s 3.595s
19 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 2m25.039s 4.197s
20 Nabil Jeffri Trident 2m27.008s 6.166s


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