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Sette Camara beats Ilott to Abu Dhabi F2 pole

by Ida Wood

Photo: Joe Portlock

DAMS’ Sergio Sette Camara took his third career Formula 2 pole in Abu Dhabi qualifying, beating Sauber junior Callum Ilott.

For much of the session it was Ilott who sat at the top of the timesheet, with Sette Camara only bettering the Briton’s benchmark in the last few minutes by less than a tenth of a second.

This shuffled Carlin duo Louis Deletraz and Nobuharu Matsushita down to third and fourth, with Deletraz having been engaged in battle with Ilott for much of the session over first place.

After a slow start, Virtuosi Racing’s Guanyu Zhou and ART Grand Prix’s champion Nyck de Vries rose up to qualify fifth and sixth, with newly announced 2020 Williams Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi being bumped down to seventh.

Jack Aitken (Campos Racing), Nikita Mazepin (ART) and Mick Schumacher (Prema) completed the top 10.

The only notable incident in the session was when Schumacher’s team-mate Sean Gelael spun, with the resultant yellow flag cutting short some flying laps, while Aitken was late to appear in his car at the start of the session.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1m49.751s
2 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +0.089s
3 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.180s
4 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.406s
5 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +0.439s
6 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.537s
7 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.552s
8 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +0.769s
9 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +0.867s
10 Mick Schumacher Prema +0.901s
11 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing +1.107s
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident +1.169s
13 Jordan King MP Motorsport +1.423s
14 Artem Markelov Arden International +1.661s
15 Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +1.771s
16 Marino Sato Campos Racing +2.078s
17 Sean Gelael Prema +2.133s
18 Christian Lundgaard Trident +2.389s
19 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +2.661s
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +3.612s