Monegasque continues his perfect qualifying run  

 

Charles Leclerc made it six poles in six rounds with a stunning lap in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 qualifying session in Silverstone, easily continuing his perfect qualifying form to take the top spot by over four tenths from championship rivals Oliver Rowland and Norman Nato.

 

The Monegasque driver was the fastest man on both sets of tyres, running quicker again on his second set to top all three sectors for a combined lap of 1:38.427 to break the hearts of any of his rivals who were hoping for a reversal of fortune at the fast, flowing circuit.

 

The session got underway in overcast and changeable conditions, and with a little rain earlier in the day the drivers were taking no chances and were immediately onto the circuit when the lights went green. Jordan King was the first man to set a competitive time, but the local driver was knocked off the top spot mere seconds later by Leclerc with a 39.1s lap, topping all the sectors on his way there.

 

The entire field returned to the pits until there were just 10 minutes remaining, when they returned en masse to look for a better time. With most of the top runners following each other the top spot changed as each of them crossed the line: first Nato, then Rowland, and finally Leclerc, who cruised around on track as the others return to the pits in case there were any more challenges to his pole.

 

He needn’t have worried, as the other filled the spaces behind the top three: King, Artem Markelov, Nicholas Latifi, Sergio Canamasas, Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergio Sette Camara were all within a second of the top spot and will be looking for more reward in tomorrow’s feature race.

 

Preliminary Qualifying Classification

 

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:38.427 11
2. Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:38.885 10
3. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:38.906 9
4. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:38.988 10
5. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:39.062 11
6. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:39.138 10
7. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:39.368 12
8. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:39.405 9
9. Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:39.413 12
10. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:39.566 11
11. Nyck De Vries Rapax 1:39.594 12
12. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:39.879 11
13. Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:39.959 12
14. Louis Delétraz Racing Engineering 1:39.966 11
15. Callum Ilott Trident 1:39.996 13
16. Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:40.394 12
17. Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1:40.412 12
18. Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:40.454 12
19. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:40.478 8
20. Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:40.568 12