Albon takes pole position in Barcelona

Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon

Alexander Albon held on from a flurry of last-minute flying laps to secure pole position in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Qualifying session, his 1:28.142 good enough to withstand an onslaught from PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing’s Nyck de Vries and Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto.

Trident’s Arjun Maini got the session underway at the green flag under warm and breezy conditions, leading out Sean Gelael (PREMA) and ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken, before Gelael snatched track position for the first push lap of the session. Aitken briefly went quickest, before de Vries and Maini found even more time before having to quickly concede control of the timesheets as the pace continued to drop.

Nicholas Latifi of DAMS was first to beat the morning’s practice pace set by Albon, who then ended the first phase of hot laps on top after setting a pair of purple opening sectors. Running then hit a brief hiatus at the midpoint of the session after Trident’s Santino Ferrucci hit the wall at turn 11, bringing out a red flag.

DAMS got the session back underway at the restart with both drivers, taking advantage of the empty track. Latifi got within a tenth of Albon’s best time, before the Thai driver beat his own personal best by 0.3s to go further clear at the top of the timings. The circuit then met a flurry of activity, with plenty of drivers threatening to go even quicker.

Aitken split the DAMS pair, before George Russell took second from his teammate shortly after. De Vries then bumped the ART pair down to the second row, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his overtures for pole, allowing Albon hang on and secure consecutive pole positions in F2.

Ghiotto grabbed third at the last moment and will start alongside Russell, as Aitken and Latifi will occupy the third row of the grid. Tadasuke Makino (RUSSIAN TIME) took seventh ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris, as MP locked out row five with Ralph Boschung and Roberto Merhi.

With plenty of championship contenders all at the sharp end, tomorrow’s Feature Race should be hotly contested – with all having to blend strategy and speed to secure an all-important victory.

2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Round 1 Qualifying – Barcelona, Spain

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Alexander Albon

DAMS

1:28.142

11

2

Nyck De Vries

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:28.369

11

3

Luca Ghiotto

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:28.400

11

4

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:28.524

11

5

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:28.579

11

6

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:28.605

11

7

Tadasuke Makino

RUSSIAN TIME

1:28.620

11

8

Lando Norris

Carlin

1:28.923

10

9

Ralph Boschung

MP Motorsport

1:28.970

11

10

Roberto Merhi

MP Motorsport

1:29.081

11

11

Antonio Fuoco

Charouz Racing System

1:29.130

12

12

Louis Deletraz

Charouz Racing System

1:29.136

11

13

Maximilian Gunther

BWT Arden

1:29.143

12

14

Sergio Sette Camara

Carlin

1:29.256

5

15

Roy Nissany

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:29.284

11

16

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:29.307

11

17

Nirei Fukuzumi

BWT Arden

1:29.376

12

18

Arjun Maini

Trident

1:29.407

11

19

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:29.585

11

20

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:30.440

6

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