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Martins takes second pole in a row in disrupted F2 qualifying

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Alpine junior Victor Martins took his third Formula 2 pole of the season during a shortened qualifying at Silverstone.

The ART Grand Prix driver put in a late flying lap following two red flag periods to finish 0.113 seconds clear of Campos Racing’s Kush Maini.

DAMS duo Ayuma Iwasa and Arthur Leclerc set an identical laptime of 1m41.100s at the start of the scheduled 30-minute session to briefly sit first and second before the pair were edged by Ollie Bearman and Enzo Fittipaldi..

Martins then moved to the top with a 1m40.576s lap ahead of his team-mate Theo Pourchaire, who was soon demoted to third by Richard Verschoor. Dennis Hauger moved into fourth ahead of Bearman, with Maini sixth early on.

The session was red-flagged at the 10-minute mark when Amaury Cordeel suffered a heavy crash on the exit of Copse, the Virtuosi Racing driver confirming to his team on the radio that he was okay.

The red flags were briefly shown for a second time within moments of the cars returning to track, with officials reducing the time remaining in the session to less than 10 minutes.

Leclerc was the first to improve at the resumption, posting a 1m40.198s to briefly top the timesheet. Despite a wide moment at Brooklands, Iwasa then went quickest before almost immediately being beaten by Bearman.

But Martins then set a 1m39.832s to snatch pole, while Maini moved into second ahead of Doohan, who also improved. Iwasa bettered his laptime to then edge Doohan to third by 0.005s while Bearman slipped back to fifth.

Fittipaldi ended qualifying 0.002s behind Bearman in sixth, with the Brazilian driver’s Rodin Carlin team-mate Zane Maloney seventh, while Pourchaire qualified eighth and Isack Hadjar took ninth.

The yellow flags were waved in the final seconds after Frederik Vesti ground to a halt on track, and Prema’s points leader ended the session in 10th to provisionally take pole for the reversed-grid sprint race.

There was also late drama for Van Amersfoort Racing’s Juan Manuel Correa, who had a high-speed spin at Maggotts.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m39.832s 9
2 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m39.945s +0.113s 10
3 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m39.952s +0.120s 10
4 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m39.957s +0.125s 10
5 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m39.989s +0.157s 9
6 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m39.991s +0.159s 10
7 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m40.001s +0.169s 10
8 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m40.019s +0.187s 9
9 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m40.026s +0.194s 10
10 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m40.052s +0.220s 8
11 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m40.135s +0.303s 10
12 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m40.198s +0.366s 10
13 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m40.314s +0.482s 8
14 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m40.368s +0.536s 9
15 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m40.400s +0.568s 10
16 Roman Stanek Trident 1m40.526s +0.694s 10
17 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.561s +0.729s 9
18 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m40.815s +0.983s 9
19 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 1m40.950s +1.118s 10
20 Clement Novalak Trident 1m41.106s +1.274s 10
21 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m41.457s +1.625s 4
22 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.084s +2.252s 9