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Drugovich takes F2 pole in disrupted Jeddah qualifying

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

A late effort from MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich gave him the pole position for the Formula 2 feature race in Jeddah, in a qualifiying stopped three times.

The three-hour gap between free practice, which Drugovich topped, and qualifying was enough for ART Grand Prix to repair Theo Pourchaire’s car after he crashed in the earlier session and he was immediately out on track once qualifying started.

On the contrary, fellow free practice cracher Cem Bolunkbasi (Charouz Racing System) couldn’t take part as he was transferred to hospital for precautionary checks.

On track, Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung was the first driver to top the times after benefiting from Pourchaire’s slipstream. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes moved to the top shortly afterwards, just before Pourchaire’s engine caught fire and led to the first red flag stoppage.

Qualifying resumed and Boschung was improving on his laptime by almost half a second when red flags came out again. This time Carlin’s Logan Sargeant had lost control of his car and hit the wall, destroying its rear end.

Hitech GP’s Marcus Armstrong claimed the fastest time once the session restarted. But Boschung was again on the charge and moved within seven thousands of Armstrong’s benchmark despite having a close moment with ART GP’s Frederik Vesti, who was about to open the lap, in the last corner. The incident is being investigated post-session.

A third red flag came out with less than five minutes to go due to an apparent false alarm from Vesti’s car that indicated he had stopped on track when he was in fact able to return to the pits. This meant the end of the season for Boschung and Armstrong, as a new-for-2022 rule prevents teams from refuelling cars during qualifying and drivers needed enough fuel to do a final run.

Some late flying laps on the rubbered in track upped Drugovich and Trident’s Richard Verschoor to first and second place respectively. A good second and third sector allowed Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan to take third place. Saturday’s sprint race pole went to Hughes, who qualified 10th fastest.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m40.422s 10
2 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m40.648s +0.226s 13
3 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m41.024s +0.602s 12
4 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m41.050s +0.628s 10
5 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m41.057s +0.635s 10
6 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m41.141s +0.719s 9
7 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m41.194s +0.772s 10
8 Calan Williams Trident 1m41.469s +1.047s 12
9 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m41.533s +1.111s 11
10 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m41.538s +1.116s 9
11 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m41.710s +1.288s 9
12 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m41.710s +1.288s 10
13 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m41.971s +1.549s 10
14 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m42.178s +1.756s 9
15 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m42.181s +1.759s 9
16 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m42.520s +2.098s 11
17 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m42.905s +2.483s 10
18 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m43.120s +2.698s 10
19 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m43.260s +2.838s 6
20 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.437s +4.015s 11
21 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m44.736s +4.314s 5
22 Cem Bolukbasi Charouz Racing System no time 0