Barcelona F2: Albon takes second consecutive pole

Barcelona F2: Albon takes second consecutive pole
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
May 11, 2018, 3:40 PM

Alexander Albon took his second consecutive Formula 2 pole position in Barcelona qualifying, which was red-flagged after a crash from Santino Ferrucci.

Albon's DAMS teammate Nicholas Latifi was the early pace-setter in the session as many top drivers couldn't set a quick time on their first tries.

While George Russell went wide at Turn 1, Sergio Sette Camara's Carlin was left crawling around the track due to a throttle cable issue, and the Brazilian pitted without a representative time.

Sette Camara's problem also compromised the laptimes of others such as his teammate Lando Norris and Albon, but the former jumped up to second next time around anyway.

Nyck de Vries and Albon subsequently lowered the benchmark, the latter taking the lead with a 1m28.500s.

As the majority of the field entered the pits, Ferrucci brought out the red flag as he crashed at Turn 11.

It was the second incident of the day for the Haas junior, as he had also gone off in practice.

When the session was restarted with 17 minutes to go, only DAMS duo Albon and Latifi went out initially as the rest of the field waited for the final stages of qualifying.

Both DAMS drivers improved, with Albon setting a time of 1m28.142s and Latifi moving up to second place.

Albon appeared to be able to go even quicker, as he set a fastest first sector, only to run into traffic and subsequently go into the pits instead.

However, nobody was able to disturb Albon's benchmark time as second-placed De Vries ended up more than two tenths off the pace.

The Prema driver beat Luca Ghiotto by 0.031s with ART duo Russell and Jack Aitken completing the top five.

Only those four drivers were able to edge Latifi out as the Canadian settled for sixth, just ahead of Russian Time's Tadasuke Makino.

Norris ended up eighth, with MP duo Ralph Boschung and Roberto Merhi completing the top 10.

With mechanics working on his car throughout the entire session, Sette Camara managed to rejoin the track just in time and take 14th with a last-minute effort.

Artem Markelov had a disappointing qualifying, taking 19th and only beating Ferrucci.

Qualifying results

1 thailand Alexander Albon  france DAMS 1'28.142  
2 netherlands Nyck de Vries  italy Prema Powerteam 1'28.369 0.227
3 italy Luca Ghiotto  spain Campos Racing 1'28.400 0.258
4 united_kingdom George Russell  france ART Grand Prix 1'28.524 0.382
5 united_kingdom Jack Aitken  france ART Grand Prix 1'28.579 0.437
6 canada Nicholas Latifi  france DAMS 1'28.605 0.463
7 japan Tadasuke Makino  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'28.620 0.478
8 united_kingdom Lando Norris  united_kingdom Carlin 1'28.923 0.781
9 switzerland Ralph Boschung  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'28.970 0.828
10 spain Roberto Merhi  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'29.081 0.939
11 italy Antonio Fuoco  czech_republic Charouz Racing System 1'29.130 0.988
12 switzerland Louis Deletraz  czech_republic Charouz Racing System 1'29.136 0.994
13 germany Maximilian Gunther  united_kingdom Arden International 1'29.143 1.001
14 brazil Sergio Sette Camara  united_kingdom Carlin 1'29.256 1.114
15 israel Roy Nissany  spain Campos Racing 1'29.284 1.142
16 indonesia Sean Gelael  italy Prema Powerteam 1'29.307 1.165
17 japan Nirei Fukuzumi  united_kingdom Arden International 1'29.376 1.234
18 india Arjun Maini  italy Trident 1'29.407 1.265
19 russia Artem Markelov  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'29.585 1.443
20 united_states Santino Ferrucci  italy Trident 1'30.440 2.298
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Series FIA F2
Event Barcelona
Sub-event Friday qualifying
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Alexander Albon
Teams DAMS
Author David Gruz
Article type Practice report