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Lawson takes first F2 pole in Hitech GP one-two in Baku

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Liam Lawson claimed his maiden Formula 2 pole position ahead of Hitech GP team-mate Juri Vips in Baku.

It was a relatively mixed order in qualifying, with championship leader Guanyu Zhou struggling to get on the pace and his Virtuosi Racing team-mate Felipe Drugovich finishing outside the top 10.

Prema’s Robert Shwartzman was the driver who ended up 10th fastest, 0.944 seconds off Lawson’s pole time, meaning he will start from pole for the first of the reversed grid sprint races on Saturday.

The sole DAMS car of Marcus Armstrong set the pace after the first round of laps with a 1m55.057s, ahead of ART Grand Prix duo Christian Lundgaard and Theo Pourchaire. Lawson and Vips were stuck down in fifth and sixth, but both would find improvements in later runs.

Lawson jumped to the top of the times midway through the session with Vips just 0.023s behind, and further lowered the benchmark to 1m54.217s by the chequered flag. Vips couldn’t improve on his final lap, ending the session 0.138s behind his team-mate.

Armstrong and Lundgaard couldn’t match the Hitech duo’s rate of improvement. Armstrong ended the session sixth, while an off for Lundgaard forced him to take to the escape road and ruined his final flying lap. He ended up outside of the top 10.

Zhou also had a disappointing session. He spent the first half of qualifying outside the top 10 before jumping up to eighth late on. Oscar Piastri, the closest driver to Zhou in the title fight, qualified third ahead of Pourchaire and Carlin’s Dan Ticktum.

Ralph Bouschung continued his impressive street circuit form with Campos Racing by qualifying seventh, ahead of Zhou, Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and Shwartzman.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m54.217s 12
2 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m54.355s +0.138s 12
3 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m54.508s +0.291s 12
4 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m54.639s +0.422s 12
5 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m54.830s +0.613s 11
6 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m54.914s +0.697s 12
7 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m54.962s +0.745s 11
8 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m55.112s +0.895s 12
9 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m55.122s +0.905s 11
10 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m55.161s +0.944s 12
11 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m55.173s +0.956s 12
12 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m55.245s +1.028s 12
13 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m55.336s +1.119s 12
14 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 1m55.651s +1.434s 11
15 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m55.658s +1.441s 11
16 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m55.988s +1.771s 11
17 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1m56.463s +2.246s 11
18 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m56.579s +2.362s 11
19 Marino Sato Trident 1m57.539s +3.322s 12
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m57.793s +3.576s 12
21 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m58.264s +4.047s 12
22 Roy Nissany DAMS no time 0