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Nyck de Vries heads McLaren junior 1-2 in F2 qualifying at Sochi

by Ida Wood

Nyck de Vries took his second Formula 2 pole of the season at Sochi, beating fellow McLaren junior Lando Norris by almost a quarter of a second.

Prema driver de Vries set his fastest lap right at the end, not long after Norris had demoted ART Grand Prix’s championship leader George Russell from the top spot.

DAMS duo Nicholas Latifi and Alexander Albon were fourth and fifth, with Latifi being the last of the drivers to get within half a second of de Vries.

Luca Ghiotto was sixth for Campos Racing, six places ahead of new team-mate Roberto Merhi, with Russian Time’s Tadasuke Makino and Norris’s Carlin team-mate Sergio Sette Camara qualifying seventh and eighth, both within a second of pole.

Russell’s team-mate Jack Aitken and Arden International’s Maximilian Gunther completed the top 10.

GP3 regular Niko Kari qualified 16th on his F2 debut with MP Motorsport, three spots ahead of Artem Markelov, who was effectively slowest at his home event, ahead only of Arjun Maini who spun and stalled before setting a competitive time.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Nyck de Vries Prema 1m46.476s
2 Lando Norris Carlin +0.220s
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix +0.363s
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.414s
5 Alexander Albon DAMS +0.563s
6 Luca Ghiotto Campos Racing +0.675s
7 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time +0.896s
8 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin +0.908s
9 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix +1.158s
10 Maximilian Gunther Arden International +1.267s
11 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System +1.298s
12 Roberto Merhi Campos Racing +1.378s
13 Alessio Lorandi Trident +1.530s
14 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System +1.629s
15 Sean Gelael Prema +1.678s
16 Niko Kari MP Motorsport +1.730s
17 Nirei Fukuzumi Arden International +1.851s
18 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport +2.015s
19 Artem Markelov Russian Time +2.092s
20 Arjun Maini Trident +28.495s