Victor Martins and Alexander Smolyar will start a race apiece from pole position in Monaco in the Formula Renault Eurocup.
The group qualifying format used as standard last year returned for the first time in the Eurocup’s new era, with Martins and Smolyar topping their respective groups. Martins will start race one from pole, with Smolyar sharing the front grid. The positions on each row are reversed for race two.
Group A qualifying started on a wet track, but it started drying quickly. However, the heavy braking zone of Sainte Devote still proved troublesome throughout.
JD Motorsport’s Ugo de Wilde set the initial pace, before being caught out at Turn 1, and reigning French Formula 4 champion Caio Collet moved to the front.
De Wilde reclaimed top spot, but in the final few minutes he was shuffled down to sixth as several drivers made late improvements. Best of these was MP Motorsport’s Martins, who was nearly a second faster than Collet.
Global Racing Service’s Xavier Lloveras was third fastest, another half-second behind, while his team-mate Alessio Deledda crashed out and failed to set a time within the 107% limit needed to qualify.
Smolyar controlled the second session for R-ace GP, despite his fastest time being deducted. Drivers also switched to slick tyres in this session, despite frequent mistakes still taking place, but sticking with wets enabled JD’s Joao Vieira to go second fastest. Unfortunately for him, he crashed shortly after.
|Group A||?||Group B|
|1||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1m41.860||1||Alexander Smolyar||R-ace GP||1m41.335|
|2||Caio Collet||R-ace GP||1m42.762||2||Joao Vieira||JD Motorsport||1m41.825|
|3||Xavier Lloveras||Global Racing Service||1m43.413||3||Oscar Piastri||R-ace GP||1m41.898|
|4||Lorenzo Colombo||MP Motorsport||1m43.775||4||Leonardo Lorandi||JD Motorsport||1m42.421|
|5||Patrik Pasma||Arden||1m43.788||5||Callan O’Keefe||FA Racing by Drivex||1m42.747|
|6||Ugo de Wilde||JD Motorsport||1m44.062||6||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||1m43.884|
|7||Lucas Alecco Roy||M2 Competition||1m45.300||7||Kush Maini||M2 Competition||1m43.909|
|8||Petr Ptacek||Bhaitech||1m45.733||8||Patrick Schott||FA Racing by Drivex||1m44.326|
|9||Yves Baltas||M2 Competition||1m45.893||9||Federico Malvesititi||Bhaitech||1m44.733|
|10||Sebastian Fernandez||Arden||1m46.159||10||Brad Benavides||FA Racing by Drivex||1m45.838|
|DNQ||Alessio Deledda||Global Racing Service||1m52.842||11||Frank Bird||Arden||1m47.668|