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Oct 06

F2: Leclerc storms to Jerez pole

Championship leader claims 8 poles from 10  

F2 - Charles Leclerc, PREMA Racing, Circuito de JerezCharles Leclerc has resumed his normal service in this afternoon’s qualifying session by claiming his 8th pole position of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship season at the Circuito de Jerez, easily grabbing the top spot with a time of 1:24.682 late in the session to deny the honours to Luca Ghiotto and Sergio Sette Camara.

Temperatures had soared from the morning’s free practice session when the green lights shone to allow the drivers to be released, with Sette Camara leading his rivals onto the track: Nyck De Vries set the first competitive time at the 5 minute mark before Leclerc grabbed P1 from him, with Ghiotto and newcomer Alex Palou swapping 2nd place between them over the next few laps before Oliver Rowland displaced the local driver in the top 3.

Leclerc improved on his best time at the halfway mark in the session before joining most of his rivals in the pits: Sette Camara was running an alternate strategy and had the entire circuit to himself with 10 minutes remaining, allowing the Brazilian to reclaim his P3 before returning to the pits as his rivals re-emerged to continue the battle.

With 3 minutes remaining Ghiotto improved his time as Rowland returned to the pits, but so too did Leclerc: the Ferrari Academy driver knew he had it in the bag and came back to the pits with Ghiotto trying in vain to improve once again before accepting his fate and joining a rapidly filling pitlane as the clock wound down to zero.

Rowland was hoping for more but will have to make do with P4, out of the top 3 but ahead of Artem Markelov, Alexander Albon, Nobuharu Matusushita, Nyck De Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Norman Nato, all of whom were within a second of the top spot and will be hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s feature race.

Preliminary Qualifying Classification

 

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charles LECLERC PREMA Racing 1:24.682 11
2 Luca GHIOTTO RUSSIAN TIME 1:24.942 0.260 10
3 Sergio SETTE CAMARA MP Motorsport 1:25.257 0.575 9
4 Oliver ROWLAND DAMS 1:25.316 0.634 10
5 Artem MARKELOV RUSSIAN TIME 1:25.422 0.740 11
6 Alexander ALBON ART Grand Prix 1:25.426 0.744 9
7 Nobuharu MATSUSHITA ART Grand Prix 1:25.450 0.768 11
8 Nyck DE VRIES Racing Engineering 1:25.470 0.788 11
9 Nicholas LATIFI DAMS 1:25.477 0.795 14
10 Norman NATO Pertamina Arden 1:25.583 0.901 11
11 Alex PALOU Campos Racing 1:25.600 0.918 11
12 Louis DELÉTRAZ Rapax 1:25.627 0.945 11
13 Santino FERRUCCI Trident 1:25.632 0.950 11
14 Jordan KING MP Motorsport 1:25.653 0.971 10
15 Antonio FUOCO PREMA Racing 1:25.738 1.057 11
16 Gustav MALJA Racing Engineering 1:25.916 1.234 11
17 René BINDER Rapax 1:26.121 1.439 10
18 Nabil JEFFRI Trident 1:26.148 1.466 11
19 Sean GELAEL Pertamina Arden 1:26.163 1.481 11
20 Ralph BOSCHUNG Campos Racing 1:26.647 1.965 13

source: FIA Formula 2 Championship, gp2series.com

 

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R10 Jerez – Qualifying Report

Here goes number eight! Lining-up for the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Season at Jerez de la Frontera, Charles Leclerc provided the Prema team with another impressive performance in qualifying to secure his eighth pole position of the year. The 19-year-old Ferrari Driver Academy graduate will now start the feature race with the clear goal of securing the overall series crown this weekend.

In really hot weather conditions and tarmac temperatures above 50°C, the series began its headline event in Andalusia while teams and drivers of Formula 1 are racing in Japan. Leclerc was the main protagonist right from the start by taking the lead in practice.

On the other hand, Antonio Fuoco had a tough time in finding the right chemistry with his racecar. He ended up in P15 and is aiming to deliver a good recovery tomorrow.

# 1 – Charles Leclerc
“I’m very happy about the eighth pole position of the season and breaking the record number of poles during one year. We need to focus on the feature race because it will be very important: I think we can bring the title home tomorrow but we need to get it right from the start. Jerez is a track where it’s hard to overtake. I will try to do my best to stay in the lead and work from there…”

# 2 – Antonio Fuoco
“It has been a tough qualifying session where I haven’t been able to complete the lap I wanted. We have to understand why and hope to recover tomorrow even though here at Jerez it will be difficult.”
source: premapowerteam.com

Racing Engineering

Nyck De Vries qualifies 8th today at Jerez for Racing Engineering.

It was very sunny today at Jerez for the Friday morning forty-five minute Practice session of the tenth and penultimate round of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship which, unusually, is a stand-alone event as the F1 teams are in Japan. Pirelli are supplying their P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft compound tyres for the fourth race weekend in succession following Hungary, Spa Francorchamps and Monza and for Practice the Racing Engineering drivers, Nyck De Vries and Gustav Malja, were using the medium compound as were all the other teams.

Both of the Racing Engineering drivers were immediately amongst the fastest runners with Gustav going 6th on his fourth lap with a time of 1:27.108 and then Nyck went 3rd, also on his fourth lap on 1:25.876. Almost immediately the red flag was shown, following an incident to Boschung, and all the cars returned to the pits with the session continuing after an eight minute delay. Both men immediately improved their times with Gustav setting a 1:26.800 for 13th and Nyck 1:25.735 to stay 3rd, Gustav then took a further four tenths off his times for a 1:26.336.

With twenty minutes of the session gone both the Racing Engineering cars returned to the pits for setup adjustments and a fresh set of medium compound tyres, Gustav returned to the track with just over eleven minutes remaining and Nyck followed two minutes later. Gustav went faster again to set a 1:26.108 and move up to 11th while Nyck did not improve to finish the session in 3rd.

For the thirty-minute Qualifying session Nyck and Gustav were now using the P Zero Yellow soft compound tyres and Nyck, who was one of the first on track, immediately went fastest with a time of 1:25.711 but the times were quickly falling and his next flying lap was a 1:25.625 to lie 3rd. Gustav waited for eight minutes before he took to the track and his first quick lap was a 1:26.1 for the 9th fastest time so far and he took his pitstop for new tyres with eleven minutes of the session left.

Nyck returned to the pits after twelve minutes for some adjustments and a new set of the soft compound tyres returning to the track with fifteen minutes to go and he improved his time to 1:25.470 for 5th before returning to the pits with six minutes of the session still to go and he stayed there for the rest of the session. There were eight minutes remaining when Gustav started lapping again and he reduced his lap time to 1:25.916 to place 16th.

A disappointing Qualifying for Racing Engineering with Nyck finishing 8th and unable to qualify at the front which he could have expected after this morning’s practice but he will be pushing hard tomorrow to score as many points as possible and to try and make it onto the podium. For Gustav his aim will be to climb into the points from 16th and get a good grid position for Sunday’s race.

Sebastien Viger – Technical Director:
“All in all, a disappointing session. After a good free practice, apart from Leclerc, who dominated today, it was a very tight session and we could have done better. With the soft tyres and high temperatures, we didn’t quite nail the balance of the car. Consequently, the drivers, especially Nyck, were not as happy with the car as in the morning. Now we have to analyse in detail what has happened in order to give our drivers a better car tomorrow. These kinds of conditions and the medium and soft tyre compounds it will be a very demanding race tomorrow and surprises can happen.”

Nyck De Vries:
“Free practice was OK, but we just didn’t get the balance right for qualifying, which came a bit as a surprise for us. Starting 8th tomorrow is not the end of the world and we will do our best to maximise the points.”

Gustav Malja:
“Unfortunately, this was not a good session, it felt quite good, but obviously we were not quick. We need to see why as the second stint felt much better than the first. But now we will focus on race 1 tomorrow, so let’s see what can be done.”

source: racing-engineering.com

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Russian Time

2017 F2 Series, Rd 10, Jerez Qualifying, October 06

The penultimate round of the 2017 F2 Championship has started well for Russian Time at Jerez, in Spain, with Luca Ghiotto (1m24.942s) qualifying on the front row alongside pole position man Charles Leclerc (1m24.682s). Team mate Artem Markelov (1m25.422s) is also among the pace-setters and lines up fifth for tomorrow’s feature event.

Practice was more problematic for the team, with Artem 10th and Luca 13th before strong team work and set-up changes produced a quantum step for qualifying. Sergio Sette Camara and series front runner Oliver Rowland separate the two Russian Time cars on the grid in what looks set to be another entertaining battle between the season’s leading contenders.

Artem Markelov: «In practice I was suffering a lot of understeer but we made strong progress for qualifying. I was still struggling a little in Turns 1 and 2 and did quite a lot of experiementation with lines, which gained me about half a second in sector one. That, combined with quickest time in sector three put me fifth overall and I should be able to have a strong race from there.»

Luca Ghiotto: «It’s always tough to be competitive in qualifying after a difficult practice session and the team did an amazing job today. The car was 98% perfect and while I’d obviously have preferred pole, we made a big step and P2 is good. It will be a long, hot race and anything can happen, so I will be giving everything to repeat the competitivemness we showed in Monza.»

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Congratulations to the whole team today. When you finish practice in the bottom half of the order and then qualify both cars in the top five, you have done a good job! It should allow us to keep our strong challenges going in both the Teams’ and Drivers’ championships.”

source: rus-time.com

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