Spa F2: Leclerc dominates rain-hit qualifying

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Charles Leclerc took his seventh F2 pole position of the season at a wet Spa-Francorchamps, as the session was briefly red-flagged with three minutes to go.

Spa F2: Leclerc dominates rain-hit qualifying

Leclerc beat DAMS duo Nicholas Latifi and Oliver Rowland by six and seven tenths respectively, the Monegasque youngster setting his time of 2m20.842s with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Improvements were scarce after that with rain continuously falling on certain parts of the track, but Latifi managed to better his time in the late stages, narrowly outpacing Rowland.

However, Sergio Sette Camara spun before Pouhon soon afterwards and, with his MP Motorsport car stuck on the track facing the wrong way, the red flags were shown.

With 3m43s left on the clock, there was enough time for the session to be restarted, but only two drivers, Alex Albon and Jordan King, managed to improve.

That left Leclerc with a 0.668s lead over Latifi, as Rowland had to settle for third, nearly escaping crashing on his final flyer as he ran off-track at Rivage.

Gustav Malja claimed fourth, followed by the second Prema car of Antonio Fuoco and Malja's new Racing Engineering teammate Nyck de Vries.

Luca Ghiotto was more than two seconds off the pace in seventh, as Roberto Merhi, who is taking part in his second F2 round of the season with Rapax, was an impressive eighth.

Artem Markelov and Albon completed the top 10, the latter edging out Sette Camara after the chequered flag fell.

Santino Ferrucci was 12th on his second weekend in F2, as Louis Deletraz debuted with Rapax in 13th.

Qualifying results

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 monaco Charles Leclerc  italy Prema Powerteam 2'20.842  
2 canada Nicholas Latifi  france DAMS 2'21.510 0.668
3 united_kingdom Oliver Rowland  france DAMS 2'21.578 0.736
4 sweden Gustav Malja  spain Racing Engineering 2'22.069 1.227
5 italy Antonio Fuoco  italy Prema Powerteam 2'22.073 1.231
6 netherlands Nyck de Vries  spain Racing Engineering 2'22.534 1.692
7 italy Luca Ghiotto  russia RUSSIAN TIME 2'22.952 2.110
8 spain Roberto Merhi  italy Rapax 2'23.132 2.290
9 russia Artem Markelov  russia RUSSIAN TIME 2'23.180 2.338
10 thailand Alexander Albon  france ART Grand Prix 2'23.409 2.567
11 brazil Sergio Sette Camara  netherlands MP Motorsport 2'23.424 2.582
12 united_states Santino Ferrucci  italy Trident 2'23.459 2.617
13 switzerland Louis Deletraz  italy Rapax 2'23.470 2.628
14 switzerland Ralph Boschung  spain Campos Racing 2'23.737 2.895
15 japan Nobuharu Matsushita  france ART Grand Prix 2'23.788 2.946
16 united_kingdom Jordan King  netherlands MP Motorsport 2'24.127 3.285
17 romania Robert Visoiu  spain Campos Racing 2'24.215 3.373
18 france Norman Nato  united_kingdom Arden International 2'24.437 3.595
19 indonesia Sean Gelael  united_kingdom Arden International 2'25.039 4.197
20 malaysia Nabil Jeffri  italy Trident 2'27.008 6.166

 

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