Formula Two began its 2020 season in brilliant fashion as several rookies instantly impressed, although it was Uni Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou who secured pole for Saturday’s Austrian Feature Race.
Rookie, Yuki Tsunoda meanwhile topped practice whilst Felipe Drugovich and Christian Lundgaard were amongst other rookies who impressed, as we round up the key details of Friday’s F2 action.
Louis Deletraz led the 2020 gang out on track in the opening practice session of this season, which saw everyone need a couple of warm up laps whilst Hitech’s Nikita Mazepin was wheeled back into the paddock with an issue.
Campos’ Jack Aitken set the pace with a 1m 18.290 before various drivers traded fastest laps over the following ten minutes, culminating in MP Motorsport rookie – Felipe Drugovich going quickest with a 1m 16.054.Embed from Getty Images
Renault Junior, Guanyu Zhou then pulled out a stunning 1m 15.507 to go fastest, which was quickly surpassed by ART GP’s Marcus Armstrong with a 1m 15.405 until Tsunoda snatched the fastest time seven minutes later with a 1m 15.249.
Luca Ghiotto put F2 newcomers, Hitech Grand Prix in second place just 0.054s behind, with Armstrong, Zhou and Christian Lundgaard rounding out the top five.
Marino Sato meanwhile caused a five-minute red flag as teams begun their race simulations, beaching his Trident in the gravel after finding himself in a spin.
Nobuharu Matsushita meanwhile had a near miss on entry to the penultimate corner after the restart, when he had to run wide to avoid the slower Guilherme Samaia in a Campos.
Mazepin was straight out on track once the light went green as he looked to make up for a missed practice session, banking the first flier of a 1m 16.908 as several drivers opted for two warm up laps.
Tsunoda and Zhou then traded fastest laps in a frantic few minutes which eventually saw the top five of Zhou, Jehan Daruvala, Deletraz, Tsunoda and Ticktum split by just 0.414s as drivers pitted to prepare for their final runs.
Matsushita however stayed out to try and bank in a flier on a quiet track but could only manage improve time before returning to prepare for his second run.
Sean Gelael eventually led the field back out for their final runs with ten minutes remaining, as the majority opted for two warm up laps, as Felipe Drugovich leapt up to third after doing only one warm up lap.Embed from Getty Images
Sato however would cause his second red flag of the day after spinning on exit of Turn Four to beach himself in the gravel with five minutes remaining of the session, although his car was swiftly cleared to allow a quick restart.
Lundgaard opted to try Drugovich’s one warm-up lap approach which paid dividends when he climbed to second with a 1m 14.922, before eventually being displaced by Drugovich then Callum Ilott as Zhou went even quicker with a pole time of 1m 14.416.
Zhou therefore will start on pole from Drugovich, Ilott, Lundgaard, Mick Schumacher, Daruvala, Ghiotto, Robert Shwartzman, Ticktum and Deletraz.
|1||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin||1m 15.249|
|2||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech||1m 15.303|
|3||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||1m 15.405|
|4||Guanyu Zhou||Uni Virtuosi||1m 15.468|
|5||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||1m 15.509|
|6||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1m 15.598|
|7||Robert Shwartzman||Prema||1m 15.702|
|8||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||1m 15.718|
|9||Sean Gelael||DAMS||1m 15.928|
|10||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||1m 15.940|
|11||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||1m 16.015|
|12||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||1m 16.028|
|13||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||1m 16.174|
|14||Callum Ilott||Uni Virtuosi||1m 16.268|
|15||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1m 16.334|
|16||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||1m 16.379|
|17||Roy Nissany||Trident||1m 16.514|
|18||Jack Aitken||Campos||1m 16.544|
|19||Mick Schumacher||Prema||1m 16.597|
|20||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||1m 16.894|
|21||Marino Sato||Trident||1m 16.905|
|1||Guanyu Zhou||Uni Virtuosi||1m 14.416|
|2||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1m 14.880|
|3||Callum Ilott||Uni Virtuosi||1m 14.884|
|4||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||1m 14.922|
|5||Mick Schumacher||Prema||1m 14.952|
|6||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||1m 15.028|
|7||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech||1m 15.044|
|8||Robert Shwartzman||Prema||1m 15.051|
|9||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||1m 15.128|
|10||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||1m 15.151|
|11||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech||1m 15.152|
|12||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin||1m 15.157|
|13||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||1m 15.208|
|14||Jack Aitken||Campos||1m 15.264|
|15||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||1m 15.376|
|16||Roy Nissany||Trident||1m 15.457|
|17||Sean Gelael||DAMS||1m 15.604|
|18||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||1m 15.688|
|19||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||1m 15.703|
|20||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||1m 15.746|
|21||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||1m 15.897|
|22||Marino Sato||Trident||1m 16.011|