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Bearman claims pole in strategic F2 qualifying session at Barcelona

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Prema’s Ollie Bearman claimed pole position in Formula 2 qualifying at Barcelona in a highly strategical session.

Several drivers opted to go early on their second set of tyres, leaving them at the mercy of those who stayed longer in the pitlane and headed out later on a more rubbered-in track.

Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan was fastest after the first flying lap attempts, having set a benchmark of 1m24.078s. DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa sat second, almost four tenths off of Doohan’s laptime. Meanwhile, both Prema drivers waited in the pitlane for the rest of the field to come in and have no traffic on their flying laps.

Pirelli’s soft compound tyre and high track temperatures meant few drivers were able to lower their marks on the second flying lap of the first set of tyres, and Bearman and team-mate Frederik Vesti’s tactic left them fourth and eighth respectively heading into the second half of qualifying.

Also aiming to have clean air were MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger and Jehan Daruvala, who took to the track for the second time with over 15 minutes remaining on the clock. Hauger moved up to first place, bettering Doohan’s laptime by one-and-a-half tenths of a second. Daruvala advanced to third, 0.333 seconds behind his team-mate.

ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire briefly went to the top of the times before Rodin Carlin’s Enzo Fittipaldi claimed the fastest lap with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Late attempts from Iwasa, Bearman and Doohan allowed them to gain places in the starting grid order.

Ferrari junior Bearman had gone fastest by 0.077 seconds when Doohan started his lap. The Alpine junior was on course to take pole, but a slow third sector meant his lap was only good enough for third place.

His Virtuosi team-mate Amaury Cordeel will start the sprint race from reversed-grid pole after qualifying 10th. Alonsgide him on the front row will be Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford, who will aim for a fourth sprint podium in a row.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m23.546s 8
2 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m23.623s +0.077s 10
3 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m23.656s +0.110s 7
4 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m23.739s +0.193s 10
5 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m23.744s +0.198s 11
6 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m23.923s +0.377s 9
7 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m23.978s +0.432s 11
8 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m24.009s +0.463s 8
9 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m24.069s +0.523s 9
10 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m24.087s +0.541s 10
11 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m24.106s +0.560s 11
12 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m24.110s +0.564s 11
13 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m24.228s +0.682s 11
14 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m24.244s +0.698s 10
15 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m24.256s +0.710s 9
16 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m24.356s +0.810s 11
17 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m24.497s +0.951s 12
18 Roman Stanek Trident 1m24.500s +0.954s 10
19 Clement Novalak Trident 1m24.532s +0.986s 10
20 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m24.566s +1.020s 11
21 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m24.661s +1.115s 12
22 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 1m24.803s +1.257s 13