Pole-Sitter Aron Plays Down Importance of Qualifying: “It Doesn’t Matter Where you Start”

Pole-Sitter Aron Plays Down Importance of Qualifying: “It Doesn’t Matter Where you Start”

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Pole-sitter for the Feature Race Paul Aron is adamant that taking his first pole position in Formula 2 won’t change his approach heading into the rest of the weekend.

The championship leader set the quickest time in a frantic Qualifying session, during which, the top three were separated by just 0.006 of a second. 

Aron said when asked by the media in the press conference: “Simple and short answer is no.

“It doesn’t matter where you start. We always try to do the best in the race. The fact that now I’m starting on pole, obviously makes my life a bit easier. 

“But Barcelona has the longest run down to turn one of any track on the calendar. So easily, if I don’t make the start, then I could go into turn one, second, or third. 

“So in that sense, I think the two points for the pole are very nice. But as long as you’re in the top three here in the start, you have a chance to enter turn one P1. So, nothing is done at all.”

The Hitech driver was fractionally faster than Jak Crawford and Franco Colapinto, who made a small error at the final turn of the track.

Aron has been ultra-consistent in 2024, scoring five podiums, the most of any driver, although he is yet to win in Formula 2.

He will start 10th in the Sprint Race on Saturday, which reverses the top 10 from Qualifying in the thick of the midfield.

The championship leader is eagerly anticipating the Sprint Race as an opportunity to score points.

“Tomorrow in the Sprint Race, I think there’s possibilities to move forward and score some good points. That’s what we’ve done the whole year. And then in the Feature Race, we’ll have to go step by step.

“It starts from the start and it will be the race will turn out very differently according to if you enter turn one, P1, or P2, or P3.

“And still, for example, enter turn one third, it doesn’t mean that I’ve lost the race. There’s still a lot to play with the strategy. And so far, this year, all my podiums have come starting outside of the podium.”

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