Mirko Bortolotti flies to Formula 2 race two pole in Austria

Mirko Bortolotti stormed to race two pole position at Spielberg, with the fastest lap of the weekend so far

Mirko Bortolotti flies to Formula 2 race two pole in Austria

The far cooler conditions clearly suited the Formula 2 cars better, and the championship leader produced a great effort of 1m20.536s to earn pole by more than 0.3 seconds.

"It was a really good session for us," said Bortolotti. "I think the lap was really good and that's the maximum for these cars on this track. Now I'm looking forward to the race."

Title rival Christopher Zanella - out of the points in yesterday's race - was facing another difficult race after spinning midway through the session. He was languishing in 19th place until he pulled a great lap out of the bag with just seconds remaining to take second.

Yesterday's race one poleman and winner Ramon Pineiro will line up third, alongside Mihai Marinescu, whose great weekend continued with a solid fourth fastest time.

Tobias Hegewald will start fifth, just ahead of the session's surprise package, Max Snegirev. The Russian was actually the fastest driver of all through the first sector on his way to a fantastic sixth fastest.

After strong showings so far, it was a disappointing session for newboy Luciano Bacheta, who starts 15th, alongside fellow debutant Rene Binder.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Mirko Bortolotti 1m20.536s 2. Christopher Zanella 1m20.891s + 0.355s 3. Ramon Pineiro 1m20.931s + 0.395s 4. Mihai Marinescu 1m21.093s + 0.557s 5. Tobias Hegewald 1m21.333s + 0.797s 6. Maxim Snegirev 1m21.498s + 0.962s 7. Miki Monras 1m21.552s + 1.016s 8. Kelvin Snoeks 1m21.704s + 1.168s 9. Benjamin Lariche 1m21.712s + 1.176s 10. Alex Brundle 1m21.742s + 1.206s 11. Jack Clarke 1m21.765s + 1.229s 12. Armaan Ebrahim 1m21.962s + 1.426s 13. Johannes Theobald 1m22.096s + 1.560s 14. Luciano Bacheta 1m22.114s + 1.578s 15. Rene Binder 1m22.136s + 1.600s 16. Julian Theobald 1m22.160s + 1.624s 17. Mikkel Mac 1m21.960s + 1.424s 18. Sunghak Mun 1m22.429s + 1.893s 19. James Cole 1m22.438s + 1.902s 20. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m22.950s + 2.414s 21. Plamen Kralev 1m23.231s + 2.695s 22. Thiemo Storz 
shares
comments
Ramon Pineiro scores his second win of season at Red Bull Ring
Previous article

Ramon Pineiro scores his second win of season at Red Bull Ring

Next article

Karting legend Martin Hines passes away

Karting legend Martin Hines passes away
Load comments
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Plus

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 8, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Plus

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be

General
Apr 21, 2021
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020