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Piastri takes his second F2 pole in a row at Monza

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Prema driver Oscar Piastri topped Formula 2 qualifying at Monza, after leading the times for most of the session.

This is the Australian’s second consecutive pole position after having also been fastest at Silverstone back in July. It also extends his championship lead to nine points.

Piastri topped the times after the first flying laps, ahead of Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung and Carlin’s Dan Ticktum.

As expected, traffic became a bit an issue after all the grid went out on track again with 10 minutes to go.

Some drivers complained in the radio, while others decided to go through the pitlane and to cut the first chicane in their preparation lap in order to get some space.

However, it wasn’t as dramatic as in previous years, as no drivers had their laps affected by others running slowly.

Laptimes still lowered considerably on the last attempts, with Liam Lawson, Guanyu Zhou and Jehan Daruvala momentarily going fastest before Piastri reclaimed the top spot at the end.

Carlin’s Daruvala kept second place as no one else improved after, while Virtuosi Racing’s Zhou and Hitech GP’s Lawson ended up in third and fourth.

Zhou’s team-mate Felipe Drugovich concluded the session in fifth, making it his best qualifying of the season.

It was also a strong afternoon for Boschung, who equalled his career-best grid position of sixth for Sunday’s race.

Behind them, ART Grand Prix’s rookie Theo Pourchaire was seventh, and Ticktum, who had been fastest in practice, was eighth.

Hitech’s Juri Vips, and new Campos Racing driver David Beckmann completed the top 10 meaning he will start on pole for the first reversed grid sprint race of the weekend.

Enzo Fittipaldi, who is making his debut in the series this weekend with Charouz, will line up 13th after a solid maiden qualifying session.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m32.199s 12
2 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m32.240s +0.041s 12
3 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m32.256s +0.057s 12
4 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m32.383s +0.184s 12
5 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m32.409s +0.210s 12
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m32.553s +0.354s 12
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m32.586s +0.387s 12
8 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m32.641s +0.442s 12
9 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m32.675s +0.476s 12
10 David Beckmann Campos Racing 1m32.699s +0.500s 12
11 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m32.885s +0.686s 12
12 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m32.942s +0.743s 12
13 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m32.965s +0.766s 13
14 Marino Sato Trident 1m33.023s +0.824s 12
15 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m33.031s +0.832s 12
16 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m33.043s +0.844s 12
17 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m33.054s +0.855s 13
18 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m33.080s +0.881s 12
19 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m33.155s +0.956s 12
20 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m33.193s +0.994s 12
21 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m33.478s +1.279s 13
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m34.194s +1.995s 12