Ilott wins F2 pole at Monza

Callum Ilott
Callum Ilott

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Callum Ilott took his maiden Formula 2 pole position at Monza, while his teammate Juan Manuel Correa lay in the hospital in intensive care with mangled legs from his accident at Spa that killed Anthoine Hubert.

The Brit who is the sole representative for his team fittingly put in his best ever performance for the team and later dedicated it to his teammate Juan Manuel Correa. The Ferrari Academy driver topped a trio of rookies, finishing ahead of Guanyu Zhou and Nikita Mazepin, who also scored his best ever Qualifying position.

Rain was falling as the cars first headed out onto the track and Nyck de Vries experienced the tribulations that come with a damp circuit first hand, as he wobbled at Turn 1. Luca Ghiotto was able to complete his lap smoothly and took an early lead, lapping in 1:37.906.

The Italian had finished on top in Free Practice and early indications pointed at another fruitful performance, with the UNI-Virtuosi racer further improving to strengthen his stranglehold on P1.

Just as Ghiotto looked to take control of the session, Ilott sailed around the circuit and snatched provisional pole. Zhou had a successful attempt at toppling him on the next tour of the track, but Ilott rose to the challenge and seized the spot back.

Shortly after, Nobuharu Matsushita lost control of his Carlin on the wet track and beached himself on the gravel, bringing out a red flag. Tatiana Calderon suffered the same fate, as she lightly banged the barrier and had to retire as well.

When action resumed, Giuliano Alesi and Marino Sato had further troubles with the increasingly wet circuit, but managed to regain control of their machines, to continue. Sector 2 was causing the most issues: De Vries twice went green on the first, but on each occasion, struggled on the second and couldn’t manage any higher than fourth place.

The remainder of the field had the same struggles and no one could improve enough to trouble the top three, as Ilott ran home ahead of Zhou and Mazepin. De Vries and Sergio Sette Camara completed the top five, followed by Matsushita, Nicholas Latifi, Jordan King, Mick Schumacher and Louis Deletraz.

Ilott will be aiming for his first ever win in the Championship when the cars take to the Autodromo Nazinoale Monza circuit, at 4.55pm local time.

Results

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team 1m33.887s 0.000s 13
2 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1m34.030s 0.143s 13
3 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1m34.063s 0.176s 14
4 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1m34.156s 0.269s 15
5 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1m34.272s 0.385s 14
6 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1m34.419s 0.532s 5
7 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m34.885s 0.998s 14
8 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m34.944s 1.057s 11
9 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 1m35.082s 1.195s 13
10 Louis Deletraz Carlin 1m35.101s 1.214s 13
11 Sean Gelael Prema Racing 1m35.148s 1.261s 13
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m35.310s 1.423s 14
13 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1m35.547s 1.660s 13
14 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 1m35.641s 1.754s 15
15 Marino Sato Campos Racing 1m36.709s 2.822s 13
16 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1m37.027s 3.140s 14
17 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 1m46.667s 12.780s 4

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