Last year’s vice-champion, Théo Pourchaire, took pole at today’s F2 Bahrain qualifying.
With a massive gap of 0.7s, the Frenchman in his third F2 season acknowledged his achievement today, “yeah it’s a lot! It’s a huge gap.”
He put his pace down to his preparation during the winter, whilst also recognising the fantastic job his reigning F3 champion rookie teammate Victor Martins had done in the session today, “To be honest in the winter I worked a lot on my qualifying pace because last year I struggled a lot, and it worked well because I’m P1 and Victor is P2.”
The ART Grand Prix duo looked like they had it all under control locking out the front row, but Pourchaire is not getting ahead of himself, “I know the other drivers are really good and I will focus on myself. The most important part is to have a very good start and to do a good pit stop.”
Nevertheless, Pourchaire is fully confident in the car’s race pace, “if it’s good in quali, it will be good in the race.”
We will see how the fully French duo do on Sunday in their full front row and if Pourchaire manages to clinch the win. But first, we will see how they fair in tomorrow’s sprint race.
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