George Russell beats Sette Camara to Monza pole

//George Russell beats Sette Camara to Monza pole

George Russell beats Sette Camara to Monza pole

British driver claims fourth pole of 2018
George Russell led the way in Qualifying for the FIA Formula 2 Championship round at Monza, Italy, beating Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara to the fastest time on the second set of runs after the Brazilian headed the timing boards before the mid-session tyre change. The ART Grand Prix driver set a 1:31.546 to clinch his fourth pole of 2018, while DAMS’ Alexander Albon was third quickest.
After this morning’s downpour, qualifying thankfully got underway on a dry circuit as the last round’s Feature Race winner Nyck de Vries led the field out onto the track – beating PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing teammate Sean Gelael to the honour of setting the first timed lap. De Vries opened fire with a lap in the 1m33s, before Lando Norris undercut the Dutch driver to post his first quick time.
Norris’ teammate Sette Camara then eclipsed the British driver with a time 0.8s quicker, while Russell and Albon occupied the gap between the Carlins to complete the top three after the first set of runs. Although the majority attempted second runs on their first set of tyres, a blend of traffic and wear restricted any further improvements to a minimum.
With ten minutes of the session remaining, the field had pitted for fresh supersoft Pirellis and returned to the circuit to complete their next set of flying runs. Artem Markelov, Norris and Albon all traded personal best times with each other at the sharp end of the timing board, before Russell cruised in and collected his best time of the session with a 1:31.546. Sette Camara sought to return to the top, but his best effort was just 0.054 adrift of the championship leader’s benchmark.
Sensing that the best of the tyres was behind them, the front runners retreated to the pits in the final stages, handing Russell pole as Sette Camara secured a front-row start for tomorrow’s Feature Race. Albon beat Markelov to fourth, while Nicholas Latifi ensured both DAMS drivers were in the top five. Antonio Fuoco was sixth fastest but will serve a three-place grid drop on Saturday, while Norris beat Arjun Maini to seventh. Luca Ghiotto and Louis Deletraz completed the top half of the field.
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Round 10 – Monza, Italy – Provisional Qualifying Results
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:31.546
10
2
Sergio Sette Camara
Carlin
1:31.600
10
3
Alexander Albon
DAMS
1:31.889
10
4
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.922
11
5
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:32.021
10
6
Antonio Fuoco
Charouz Racing System
1:32.159
8
7
Lando Norris
Carlin
1:32.191
10
8
Arjun Maini
Trident
1:32.248
10
9
Luca Ghiotto
Campos Vexatec Racing
1:32.346
10
10
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:32.407
10
11
Nyck De Vries
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing
1:32.566
11
12
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:32.681
10
13
Nirei Fukuzumi
BWT Arden
1:32.735
11
14
Tadasuke Makino
RUSSIAN TIME
1:32.750
11
15
Roy Nissany
Campos Vexatec Racing
1:32.801
10
16
Alessio Lorandi
Trident
1:32.803
11
17
Sean Gelael
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing
1:32.913
11
18
Ralph Boschung
MP Motorsport
1:32.965
11
19
Maximilian Günther
BWT Arden
1:32.496
10
20
Dorian Boccolacci
MP Motorsport
1:48.586
4
2018-08-31T18:51:22+00:00August 31st, 2018|Formula 2|