Nov 24

F2: Markelov flies to Abu Dhabi pole

Russian shines in evening qualifying session

Markelov flies to Abu Dhabi poleArtem Markelov finally claimed his maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship pole at the last round of the 2017 season at the Yas Marina Circuit, making good on the potential he has shown over much of the year to dominate this evening’s qualifying session, stopping the clocks on 1:47.181 to grab the top spot by two tenths from Nyck De Vries and Antonio Fuoco.

The session got started under balmy evening conditions, with the lights blazing overhead as all of the drivers bar ART teammates Alexander Albon and Nobuharu Matsushita headed straight out on track. The times were soon tumbling as Alex Palou, Sergio Sette Camara and Norman Nato set the early competitive times, but Markelov soon blew past them all, annexing P1 by four tenths as most of the field returned to the pits and the ART and DAMS drivers (who had returned to the pits earlier) headed out to take advantage of the alternate strategy.

With the track to themselves Matsushita grabbed P2, with Oliver Rowland (P4) and Nicholas Latifi (P6) between the Japanese driver and teammate Albon in P8: the first 3 returned to the pits but the Thai driver stayed out to improve on his time, grabbing P2 next time round but soon stopping on track in the final sector as his rivals were re-emerging, with quick work by the marshals ensuring no yellow flags needed to be shown.

Markelov led his rivals back on track, showing his eagerness to improve on his second set: with 3 minutes remaining they all hit their quick laps and the Russian improved further, with Fuoco slotting in behind him on the timesheets until De Vries crossed the line and stole P2 from the Italian but was unable to close the gap up to the front.

Rowland put in a good, late lap to slot in behind the top 3 but ahead of Nato, Charles Leclerc, Luca Ghiotto, Matsushita, Sette Camara and Albon, setting up a fight for the teams’ title that should run to the line. Tomorrow evening’s feature race promises to as bright as the lights shining down upon it.

Preliminary Qualifying Classification



Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:47.181 10
2. Nyck De Vries Racing Engineering 1:47.387 10
3. Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:47.575 11
4. Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:47.617 9
5. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:47.676 10
6. Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:47.692 10
7, Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:47.753 9
8. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:47.759 8
9. Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:47.824 10
10. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:47.957 5
11. Alex Palou Campos Racing 1:48.127 10
12. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:48.201 9
13. Louis Delétraz Rapax 1:48.404 10
14. Lando Norris Campos Racing 1:48.404 10
15. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:48.476 10
16. Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:48.538 10
17. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:48.609 11
18. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:48.671 10
19. Roberto Merhi Rapax 1:48.794 12
20. Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:50.201 11

source: FIA Formula 2 Championship, fiaformula2.com

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Prema Racing

R11 Abu Dhabi – Qualifying Report

Prema secured P3 with Antonio Fuoco at the end of the last qualifying session of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. The Italian posted a lap of 1:47.575 with his second set of tires late in the session to bring home a row 2 start for Saturday’s feature race.

For the whole team, as well as for the two Ferrari Driver Academy graduates, the mission will now be to fight for the team championship after Charles Leclerc brought home the team title one round early at Jerez De La Frontera. The 20-year-old Monegasque had to settle for sixth place, an unusual result considered the eight poles captured this season.

Both drivers can still make a difference on race day though, and the team is looking forward to assisting them in the best possible way for the final round of their rookie Formula 2 season.

# 1 – Charles Leclerc
“A bit of a strange feeling today. I’m happy about my lap but I found some traffic at the beginning of sector 3. I probably sent the team in a wrong direction with the set-up which is a bit of a shame, but we still can be proud of the achievements we got this season with the 8 poles out of 11 tries. Now we have to focus on tomorrow in order to extract the best out of the situation and try to win the team championship.”

# 2 – Antonio Fuoco
“I believe this has been a positive qualifying session. We were a little bit off with the first set of tires but then we worked very well on the set-up for the second set. The car was good in terms of single-lap performance although I made a small mistake in turn 14 which cost me a little bit of time. We could have fought for P2, definitely not for pole. We need to stay focused for tomorrow as from P3 we can do a good job.”

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Russian Time

2017 F2 Series, Rd 11, Abu Dhabi Qualifying, November 24

With second place in the F2 drivers’ series and the teams’ overall championship still up for grabs in the Abu Dhabi season finale, Russian Time made a strong start when Artem Markelov claimed his first F2 pole position at the impressive Yas Marina circuit.

Markelov lapped in 1m47.181s to take top spot, ahead of Racing Engineering driver Nyck De Vries (1m47.387s) and Prema’s Antonio Fuoco (1m47.575s). Team mate Luca Ghiotto (1m47.753s) starts the race seventh on the grid, just behind newly-crowned series champion Charles Leclerc.

Artem Markelov: «That was a great session and everything went really well.  After the first run I had almost half a second advantage and I was feeling like Hamilton! I improved further on the second run and ended up two tenths clear. It’s a credit to the team, which has been working hard since the last race at Jerez. The set-up felt pretty perfect, no understeer, no oversteer, and all I need now is a good start tomorrow!”»

Luca Ghiotto: «Congratulations to Artem. It looks like being a highly competitive race with just two tenths covering third through eighth places on the grid. There’s still a lot to play for this weekend and I will be chasing another consistent result and more strong points in the feature race tomorrow and in Sunday’s sprint race.»

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Even though there had been a long gap between the penultimate race in Spain at the beginning of last month and now, it’s great that Artem has been able to continue the momentum after his fine Sprint race win at Jerez. Luca is also looking competitive and has produced some really fighting drives already this year, so as a team we will be doing all we can with just a handful of points covering ourselves, Prema and DAMS in the team’s championship. We will go for it!”


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