Zhou seals first F2 pole at Silverstone

Guanyu Zhou
Guanyu Zhou

UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou scored his first ever pole position in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and the first this season for a rookie, at Silverstone in Round 7. The team followed up P1 in Free Practice to score a front-row lock-out, with Luca Ghiotto following his teammate in second and Dams’ Sergio Sette Camara nabbing third.

Louis Deletraz was the first out onto a cool Silverstone circuit, but it was DAMS who were hottest in the early exchanges, when Sette Camara and Nicholas Latifi claimed P1 and P2. Their time at the top was short lived, as UNI-Virtuosi continued to show their searing speed in Round 7. No sooner had Ghiotto taken provisional pole, had his teammate Zhou stolen in.

The duo remained at the top of the pile as everyone returned for fresh rubber. Mick Schumacher attempted to replicate Anthoine Hubert’s strategy in Austria by diving out of the pits early and hitting an empty track, however, his flying lap was disrupted by traffic as others also returned ahead of time.

This ensured Zhou retained his control of pole going into the final five minutes. The Chinese racer held just a 0.012s lead over Ghiotto, who clearly had the pace to mount a challenge. Neither of the DAMS could topple them on their final laps and were forced to settle for third and fourth.

With time nearly out, Ghiotto had set a purple first sector on his final tour of the circuit, but a wobble towards the end of his lap cost him valuable time and ensured Zhou secured his first pole position in the Championship. The pair were followed by Sette Camara, Latifi and Deletraz. Callum Ilott, Nyck De Vries, Jack Aitken, Nobuharu Matsushita and Hubert completed the top ten.

UNI-Virtuosi will aim to continue their British dominance during tomorrow’s Feature Race, which begins at 3.45pm local time.

2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Round 7 Qualifying classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAPS

1

Guanyu Zhou

UNI-Virtuosi Racing

1:38.182

11

2

Luca Ghiotto

UNI-Virtuosi Racing

1:38.410

11

3

Sergio Sette Camara

DAMS

1:38.511

11

4

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:38.519

10

5

Louis Deletraz

Carlin

1:38.547

11

6

Callum Ilott

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:38.549

10

7

Nyck De Vries

ART Grand Prix

1:38.613

12

8

Jack Aitken

Campos Racing

1:38.686

11

9

Nobuharu Matsushita

Carlin

1:38.877

11

10

Anthoine Hubert

BWT Arden

1:39.046

11

11

Juan Manuel Correa

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:39.071

11

12

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:39.225

11

13

Mick Schumacher

PREMA Racing

1:39.227

12

14

Arjun Maini

Campos Racing

1:39.512

12

15

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:39.574

10

16

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:39.615

12

17

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:39.622

12

18

Sean Gelael

PREMA Racing

1:39.790

11

19

Tatiana Calderon

BWT Arden

1:40.530

12

20

Mahaveer Raghunathan

MP Motorsport

1:41.725

11

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