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Piastri closes on F2 title with fifth pole in a row, Doohan second

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Oscar Piastri scored his fifth pole position in a row at Yas Marina to move one step closer to the Formula 2 title, denying newcomer Jack Doohan top spot in qualifying.

The Prema driver will be crowned champion after race one on Saturday if his lead is over 44 points. By taking another four bonus points for pole his advantage is now 55.5 points over Robert Shwartzman, with just 61 available over the rest of the weekend.

Piastri headed the times once all the drivers had completed both of their attempts on the first set of tyres. The Australian was almost four tenths clear of Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung and his team mate Shwartzman.

With two minutes to go, Virtuosi Racing’s Guanyu Zhou went fastest as he attempted to keep his title hopes alive. However, MP Motorsport’s Doohan bettered the Chinese driver just a few moments later.

Only Piastri would deprive Doohan of pole position in just his second weekend in the series. The Alpine junior set a lap of 1m35.077s, a lap almost 15 seconds quicker than the 2019 pole time after the recent track updates.

Shwartzman could only managed fourth, and behind him was Boschung, who equalled his best ever qualifying result achieved in Sochi in September. ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire managed to be sixth, just five days after the big crash he was involved in at Jeddah.

The top 10 was rounded off by Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson, Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich, and the Carlin duo of Dan Ticktum and Jehan Daruvala. This means Daruvala will be on pole for race one, with his team mate Ticktum alongside him.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m35.077s 12
2 Jack Doohan MP Motorsport 1m35.290s +0.213s 11
3 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m35.348s +0.271s 12
4 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m35.360s +0.283s 12
5 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m35.496s +0.419s 12
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m35.504s +0.427s 12
7 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m35.511s +0.434s 12
8 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m35.612s +0.535s 12
9 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m35.618s +0.541s 12
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m35.821s +0.744s 12
11 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m35.855s +0.778s 12
12 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m36.016s +0.939s 12
13 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m36.080s +1.003s 12
14 Marino Sato Trident 1m36.241s +1.164s 12
15 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m36.282s +1.205s 12
16 Richard Verschoor Charouz Racing System 1m36.293s +1.216s 12
17 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m36.312s +1.235s 12
18 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m36.462s +1.385s 12
19 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m36.570s +1.493s 12
20 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m36.722s +1.645s 11
21 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m36.741s +1.664s 12
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m38.657s +3.580s 12