One week after his first F2 win, Ayumu Iwasa claimed his maiden pole in FIA Formula 2 after a scintillating lap late in Hungarian Qualifying and will start the Feature Race from the front row, alongside Marcus Armstrong.
After the first runs, Frederik Vesti continued his impressive qualifying run of recent rounds. He was the quickest, ahead of Felipe Drugovich by only 0.021 seconds.
Clément Novalak was the first driver to fall victim to track limits (a story which dominated the headlines of W Series’ Free Practice earlier today), meaning he had to go for an extra lap.
Olli Caldwell then took the top spot from Vesti after running in the gap between other drivers’ runs, putting himself fourth-tenths ahead of the Dane.
Caldwell’s top spot slot was shortlived by the drivers’ second run. Armstrong put in a purple lap ahead of Théo Pourchaire and Logan Sargeant, with the gap between the top three being only hundredths of a second.
With only three minutes to go, this season’s tyre expert, Drugovich, put himself into second place with the top two unable to improve on their second lap.
While other drivers were seemingly struggling with their tyres, last round’s Feature Race winner, Ayumu Iwasa, once again set the timing boards alight with his final run. Qualifying in Hungary had been close until the Japanese driver claimed his first Formula 2 career pole by 0.381 seconds.
Jack Doohan claimed reverse grid pole position and will start tomorrow’s Sprint Race from the front row alongside Enzo Fittipaldi.
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