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Doohan denies Martins pole in Formula 2 qualifying in Hungary

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Jack Doohan edged fellow Alpine Academy member Victor Martins to pole position in a thrilling Formula 2 qualifying session at the Hungaroring.

Virtuosi Racing driver Doohan denied Martins a third pole in a row by 0.052 seconds, while Prema’s Frederik Vesti beat chief title rival Theo Pourchaire to fourth.

Qualifying began on a mostly dry track, with Vesti quickly going half a second below the pace from morning practice to lead the way with a 1m28.334s.

Spots of rain started to fall on part of the circuit, but that did not appear to have an effect as Vesti improved to 1m27.931s and Ayumu Iwasa climbed to second.

ART Grand Prix duo Martins and Pourchaire soon moved up to second and third, and Iwasa was then demoted from fourth by Enzo Fittipaldi.

Red flags were shown at the 10-minute mark when Trident’s Romanek Stanek found the wall after spinning off at turn 11.

Rain was replaced by sunshine by the time qualifying restarted, and Doohan made use of the improved conditions to climb to third while Iwasa slightly improved his own laptime but remained fifth.

Pourchaire moved to the top with an effort just 0.001s faster than Vesti’s previous benchmark, but Vesti quickly reclaimed the advantage with a 1m27.767s.

Having slipped down to 10th, Iwasa improved again with four minutes remaining to sit fourth behind Martins, who snatched top spot moments later with a 1m27.728s.

Doohan then set a 1m27.626s, a lap that would ultimately prove good enough for his fourth F2 pole – and his first since Monza last season.

Pourchaire set a personal best first sector on his final timed lap, but ended up aborting his effort after a tricky middle sector.

Martins also went quicker through the first sector, but did not improve on second. Doohan was set to go faster still but, with pole in the bag, headed for the pitlane instead.

Hitech GP’s Isack Hadjar ended up fifth ahead of Iwasa, with Prema’s Ollie Bearman and MP Motorsport duo Jehan Daruvala and Dennis Hauger close behind.

Campos Racing’s Kush Maini was 0.009s adrift of Hauger in 10th, provisionally securing reversed-grid pole for Saturday’s sprint race.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m27.676s 12
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m27.728s +0.052s 13
3 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m27.767s +0.091s 11
4 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m27.930s +0.254s 12
5 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m27.987s +0.311s 13
6 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m28.090s +0.414s 13
7 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m28.101s +0.425s 10
8 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m28.153s +0.477s 14
9 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m28.155s +0.479s 14
10 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m28.164s +0.488s 11
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m28.267s +0.591s 13
12 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m28.286s +0.610s 13
13 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m28.316s +0.640s 11
14 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m28.321s +0.645s 13
15 Clement Novalak Trident 1m28.542s +0.866s 13
16 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m28.764s +1.088s 14
17 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m28.800s +1.124s 13
18 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m28.830s +1.154s 13
19 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m29.000s +1.324s 14
20 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m29.033s +1.357s 13
21 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 1m29.328s +1.652s 14
22 Roman Stanek Trident 1m29.910s +2.234s 4