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Iwasa leads DAMS front row lock-out in Abu Dhabi F2 qualifying

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

DAMS locked out the front row of the grid for the last race of the 2022 Formula 2 season at Yas Marina with Ayumu Iwasa claiming pole postion ahead of Roy Nissany.

This is Iwasa’s second pole of the year and Nissany’s best every qualifying result in F2. The top 15 was covered by half a second.

ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire was the first driver to top the times. Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan climbed then to the top shortly before his team-mate Marino Sato spun round at turn 13 and stalled, bringing the red flags out.

The session resumed five minutes later, and all drivers went out on track again on the same set of super-soft tyres.

Pourchaire improved his previous laptime, but it wasn’t enough to beat Doohan’s benchmark of 1m36.677s. Prema drivers Jehan Daruvala and Dennis Hauger were third and fourth respectively after those initial runs, followed by Iwasa in third place.

The Frenchman reclaimed the fastest time with five minutes remaining on the clock, followed by Carlin’s Logan Sargeant and MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich.

DAMS’ Roy Nissany surprised setting the fastest time with one minute to go. However, there would still be time for Iwasa to better his team-mate by 0.036s.

The red flag was then out again due to Trident’s Zane Maloney, who is debuting this weekend, spinning at turn nine. The session didn’t resume meaning DAMS locked out the front row of the grid.

Sargeant classified in sixth place in his pursuit of a Formula 1 superlicence. Trident’s Richard Verschoor was 10th fastest and, therefore, will start Saturday’s sprint race from reversed grid pole. Carlin’s Liam Lawson will line up alongside him.

Juan Manuel Correa took 18th place in his return to the series with Van Amersfoort Racing.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m36.290s 10
2 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m36.326s +0.036s 10
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m36.372s +0.082s 11
4 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m36.482s +0.192s 12
5 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m36.510s +0.220s 11
6 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m36.514s +0.224s 11
7 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m36.550s +0.260s 12
8 Amaury Cordeel VAR 1m36.578s +0.288s 12
9 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m36.588s +0.298s 11
10 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m36.588s +0.298s 12
11 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m36.619s +0.329s 11
12 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m36.630s +0.340s 12
13 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m36.680s +0.390s 11
14 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m36.685s +0.395s 12
15 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m36.794s +0.504s 11
16 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m37.023s +0.733s 11
17 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m37.045s +0.755s 11
18 Juan Manuel Correa VAR 1m37.084s +0.794s 10
19 Zane Maloney Trident 1m37.100s +0.810s 11
20 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m37.208s +0.908s 12
21 Tatiana Calderon Charouz Racing System 1m37.828s +1.538s 11
22 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m59.749s +23.459s 2