Red Bull Ring F2: De Vries leads Hubert in qualifying

Nyck de Vries took his fourth pole position in Formula 2 at Austria, while Renault Formula 1 junior Anthoine Hubert made use of clever strategy to land second.

Red Bull Ring F2: De Vries leads Hubert in qualifying
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The first flying lap on the supersoft tyre was the only one that counted for most, with drivers struggling to improve on a second rapid effort.

Hubert – who was yet to qualify inside the top seven this season - chose to take his second set of supersofts early, before the rest of the field came out with around nine minutes to go.

The Frenchman delivered his best lap of the season on an empty track, and subsequently watched from the pitwall as rivals failed to oust him from the front row.

De Vries made sure of pole by improving on a time which had already seen him top, his best effort 0.166s clear of Hubert in the end.

On the last run, Hubert’s fellow Renault junior Guan Yu Zhou jumped from fifth to third.

Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita earned fourth for Carlin late on, while Zhou’s Virtuosi Racing teammate Luca Ghiotto rounded out the top five.

DAMS had a tricky session, with title contender and Williams junior Nicholas Latifi in sixth, 0.340s adrift of the pace.

He narrowly beat a late charging Mick Schumacher, the Prema Racing driver and Ferrari junior leaping from well outside of the top 10 on his last effort, in a bid to end his six-race pointless spell.

Louis Deletraz had topped practice but had to settle for eighth in qualifying, while the second DAMS of McLaren junior Sergio Sette Camara took ninth.

Callum Ilott pulled a wheelie at the last corner after clipping one of the sausage bumps on his first flying effort, but managed to take a top-10 spot with his last flying effort for the Sauber Junior Team.

Title contender Jack Aitken had a nightmare session, only managing 14th on the grid for Campos Racing, while Red Bull junior Patricio O'Ward was the best of the season debutants with 17th, two tenths off his teammate Jordan King in his debut F2 weekend.

Arjun Maini took 18th with his F2 return alongside Aitken at Campos, while Trident’s F2 rookie Ryan Tveter was a place behind, 1.2s off de Vries' effort.

Session results

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 12 1'14.143  
2 19 France Anthoine Hubert Arden International 12 1'14.309 0.166
3 7 China Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 12 1'14.371 0.228
4 2 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 12 1'14.399 0.256
5 8 Italy Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 12 1'14.429 0.286
6 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 13 1'14.483 0.340
7 9 Germany Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 11 1'14.488 0.345
8 1 Switzerland Louis Deletraz Carlin 12 1'14.625 0.482
9 5 Brazil Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 13 1'14.709 0.566
10 11 United Kingdom Callum Ilott Charouz Racing System 13 1'14.755 0.612
11 10 Indonesia Sean Gelael Prema Powerteam 11 1'14.808 0.665
12 3 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 12 1'14.882 0.739
13 12 United States Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 13 1'14.887 0.744
14 15 United Kingdom Jack Aitken Campos Racing 13 1'14.986 0.843
15 16 United Kingdom Jordan King MP Motorsport 13 1'15.139 0.996
16 20 France Giuliano Alesi Trident 13 1'15.212 1.069
17 17 Mexico Patricio O'Ward MP Motorsport 13 1'15.327 1.184
18 14 India Arjun Maini Campos Racing 14 1'15.363 1.220
19 21 United States Ryan Tveter Trident 11 1'15.435 1.292
20 18 Colombia Tatiana Calderon Arden International 15 1'16.164 2.021

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