F2: Piastri dominates in Silverstone to take maiden pole

Oscar Piastri became the fourth different polesitter in as many rounds with a dominant performance at Silverstone, setting the fastest lap of the session in the first stint, before a Robert Shwartzman crash brought out a Red Flag and ended Qualifying prematurely.

Championship leader Guanyu Zhou snuck into second with a late lap, but was 0.221s off Piastri’s poletime of 1:39.854. MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor scored his best Qualifying position with third, just over four-tenths off the leader.

Oscar Piastri (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Christian Lundgaard escorted the field out onto a hot and sunny Silverstone circuit, with a track temperature of 42 degrees. Lapping at 1:40.962, Felipe Drugovich led the first round of fast runs, beating Dan Ticktum’s Free Practice topping time by more than a second.

There was enough life left in the medium Pirellis for another flyer and Piastri was determined to make the most of it, lunging to first with 1:39.854. Meanwhile, Drugovich was bumped down to third by Ticktum, although the Carlin driver remained half a second off Piastri.

After a stint in the pits for fresh rubber, the field returned to the track with just a second separating the top 12. Piastri couldn’t make any improvements on his quickest time, but neither could his rivals, with the Australian retaining his half a second buffer in first.

Zhou was left thanking his lucky stars as the UNI-Virtuosi racer crossed the line just moments before a Red Flag ended the session. And it was a significant improvement too, with the Chinese racer leaping from 10th to second in the order, thanks to a purple first sector and a personal best second sector.

The session-ending Red Flag came when Shwarztman spun and beached his PREMA in the gravel at Stowe with just two minutes to go. Although, the Russian could consolidate himself with a solid finishing position of P7.

Like Zhou, Verschoor had also managed to beat the Red Flag and nabbed himself a top-three spot, setting 1:40.259s to drop Ticktum down to P4.

Théo Pourchaire completed the top five for ART Grand Prix, ahead of early pacesetter Felipe Drugovich.

Finishing 10th overall, Lundgaard will start ahead of Jüri Vips and Roy Nissany in Saturday’s reverse grid Sprint Race 1, which takes place at 8.50am local time.

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Driver Team Time Gap
1 2 Oscar Piastri Prema Powerteam 1m39.854s 0.000s
2 3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1m40.075s 0.221s
3 11 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m40.259s 0.405s
4 5 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m40.408s 0.554s
5 10 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m40.419s 0.565s
6 4 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1m40.451s 0.597s
7 1 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 1m40.452s 0.598s
8 16 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m40.486s 0.632s
9 8 Jüri Vips HitechGP 1m40.491s 0.637s
10 9 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m40.556s 0.702s
11 7 Liam Lawson HitechGP 1m40.679s 0.825s
12 6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m40.683s 0.829s
13 12 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m40.772s 0.918s
14 17 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m40.895s 1.041s
15 21 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m40.915s 1.061s
16 20 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1m41.050s 1.196s
17 24 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m41.185s 1.331s
18 14 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m41.295s 1.441s
19 22 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 1m41.306s 1.452s
20 15 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m41.758s 1.904s
21 25 Marino Sato Trident 1m41.790s 1.936s
22 23 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m43.734s 3.880s