Bahrain F2: Ghiotto tops first qualifying of 2019

Luca Ghiotto and the new UNI-Virtuosi Formula 2 team took pole position for the first race of the 2019 season in Bahrain.

Bahrain F2: Ghiotto tops first qualifying of 2019
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DAMS, represented by Williams junior Nicholas Latifi and McLaren test and development driver Sergio Sette Camara, looked like the team to beat in qualifying after locking out the top spots in practice.

Latifi led qualifying before the session was halted with just over 18 minutes to go as rookie Callum Ilott crashed his Sauber Junior Team-run car between Turns 7 and 8.

After the yellow flags, the two DAMS drivers and Renault junior Jack Aitken ran up front with 10 minutes to go, Aitken splitting the DAMS pair with Latifi ahead.

But it became clear that they had gone too early for their final runs, and Nyck de Vries put ART Grand Prix top as the DAMS drivers and Aitken could only watch in the pits after using up their tyres.

De Vries was then jumped by Carlin’s Louis Deletraz, before Ghiotto went 0.367s quicker.

Latin held on for fourth ahead of Ghiotto's replacement at Campos, Aitken, while late surges from Nobuharu Matsushita (Carlin) and Prema’s Sean Gelael put them ahead of Sette Camara, who tumbled to eighth.

Ralph Boschung – third in practice – sealed ninth for Trident ahead of Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher, who trailed his teammate Gelael by over three tenths but was the top rookie.

Session results:

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap
1 8 ItalyLuca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 1'40.504  
2 1 SwitzerlandLouis Deletraz Carlin 1'40.871 0.367
3 4 NetherlandsNyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1'40.889 0.385
4 6 CanadaNicholas Latifi DAMS 1'40.964 0.460
5 15 United KingdomJack Aitken Campos Racing 1'41.115 0.611
6 2 JapanNobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1'41.137 0.633
7 10 IndonesiaSean Gelael Prema Powerteam 1'41.254 0.750
8 5 BrazilSergio Sette Camara DAMS 1'41.310 0.806
9 21 SwitzerlandRalph Boschung Trident 1'41.505 1.001
10 9 GermanyMick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 1'41.583 1.079
11 19 FranceAnthoine Hubert BWT Arden 1'41.596 1.092
12 12 United StatesJuan Manuel Correa Sauber/Charouz 1'41.722 1.218
13 3 Russian FederationNikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1'41.848 1.344
14 16 United KingdomJordan King MP Motorsport 1'41.857 1.353
15 20 FranceGiuliano Alesi Trident 1'41.864 1.360
16 14 FranceDorian Boccolacci Campos Racing 1'41.918 1.414
17 7 Guan Yu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1'42.123 1.619
18 11 United KingdomCallum Ilott Sauber/Charouz
1'42.280 1.776
19 18 ColombiaTatiana Calderon BWT Arden 1'42.810 2.306
20 17 IndiaMahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1'43.343 2.839
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