Monaco F2: Albon takes pole by 0.01s as both Carlins crash

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Monaco F2: Albon takes pole by 0.01s as both Carlins crash
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
May 24, 2018, 12:16 PM

Alexander Albon beat Nyck de Vries to Formula 2 pole position in Monaco by 0.01s as Carlin duo Lando Norris and Sergio Sette Camara both crashed.

With the field traditionally split into two groups for qualifying in Monaco, Norris was the early leader in the first session.

But as he pushed to consolidate first place, Norris hit the wall on the exit of the second Swimming Pool chicane.

Despite heavily damaging his front wing, the Briton completed the lap and was second at that point, but pitted next time around and had no time to come out and improve again, eventually finishing ninth out of the 10 drivers in the group.

To add to his problems, on his in-lap, he looked to have impeded Albon, for which Norris is under investigation.

While that lap was ruined for Albon, the DAMS driver set a time of 1m21.727s before the chequered flag fell - enough to top the group, as he beat Artem Markelov and Antonio Fuoco by one and two tenths respectively.

In the end, Albon picked up his third consecutive pole position, as de Vries' fastest time in the second group fell just 0.01s short.

De Vries was another driver who had one of his laptimes compromised as he had to overtake Luca Ghiotto, only to improve later on and take the lead.

He demoted Sette Camara, who crashed into the wall at Ste Devote with just one minute remaining, putting an end to qualifying.

Sette Camara is nevertheless set to start fourth, behind Markelov and ahead of Fuoco.

Ghiotto was third in the second group and will start the feature race sixth, ahead of Arden's Maximilian Gunther, Trident duo Arjun Maini and Santino Ferrucci, and Ralph Boschung.

George Russell, who only did four laps in practice due to an engine problem, was ninth in the second group and only beat Nicholas Latifi, the duo set to start the feature race 18th and 20th respectively.

UPDATE: Gunther was disqualified for not stopping at the weighbridge and the German is forced to start the feature race from the pitlane.

Norris meanwhile was given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Albon.

Group A

Starting pos.DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 thailand Alexander Albon  france DAMS 9 1'21.727  
3 russia Artem Markelov  russia RUSSIAN TIME 11 1'21.834 0.107
5 italy Antonio Fuoco  czech_republic Charouz Racing System 10 1'21.948 0.221
7 united_states Santino Ferrucci  italy Trident 10 1'22.408 0.681
9 spain Roberto Merhi  netherlands MP Motorsport 11 1'22.569 0.842
11 united_kingdom Jack Aitken  france ART Grand Prix 11 1'22.597 0.870
13 indonesia Sean Gelael  italy Prema Powerteam 11 1'22.654 0.927
18 united_kingdom Lando Norris  united_kingdom Carlin 7 1'22.663 0.936
16 israel Roy Nissany  spain Campos Racing 10 1'23.796 2.069
DSQ germany Maximilian Gunther  united_kingdom Arden International 10 1'22.194 0.467

Group B

Starting pos.DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
2 netherlands Nyck de Vries  italy Prema Powerteam 10 1'21.737  
4 brazil Sergio Sette Camara  united_kingdom Carlin 10 1'21.901 0.164
6 italy Luca Ghiotto  spain Campos Racing 10 1'22.241 0.504
8 india Arjun Maini  italy Trident 10 1'22.263 0.526
10 switzerland Ralph Boschung  netherlands MP Motorsport 10 1'22.307 0.570
12 japan Tadasuke Makino  russia RUSSIAN TIME 9 1'22.420 0.683
14 japan Nirei Fukuzumi  united_kingdom Arden International 9 1'22.707 0.970
15 switzerland Louis Deletraz  czech_republic Charouz Racing System 10 1'22.717 0.980
17 united_kingdom George Russell  france ART Grand Prix 11 1'22.977 1.240
19 canada Nicholas Latifi  france DAMS 10 1'23.157 1.420
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Series FIA F2
Event Monaco
Sub-event Thursday qualifying
Location Monte Carlo
Drivers Alexander Albon
Teams DAMS
Author David Gruz
Article type Qualifying report