After four amazing races around Silverstone, Formula Two made the switch to Barcelona, Spain as the title fight threw up another twist on Friday.
Callum Ilott entered this round as championship leader ahead of Christian Lundgaard and Robert Shwartzman, as the championship currently approaches its final stages of this 2020 season.
Now here is a full roundup of Friday’s action in Barcelona.
Marcus Armstrong was first driver out on track as everyone ventured out for installation laps, with Prema’s Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher the only drivers to go for a second lap.
Shwartzman would eventually set the first timed lap of a 1m 31.553 but several drivers displaced him with their first flying attempts, as Felipe Drugovich wound up fastest with a 1m 30.107 after those initial first lap efforts.
Schumacher however went fastest in the 13th minute with a 1m 29.933 only to be trumped by Charouz’s Louis Deletraz with a 1m 29.807, with Dan Ticktum slotting into second place and 0.017s off the Swiss.
Deletraz ultimately found himself slipping down to second in the 16th minute, after Schumacher posted 1m 29.669 to go quickest until Ticktum set the session topping time of a 1m 29.660 to go 0.009s faster than Schumacher’s effort.
Yuki Tsunoda eventually demoted Deletraz to fourth despite stalling at the exit of pit lane when doing a practice start, as everyone switched focus to race simulations until Marino Sato brought out a five minute red flag after getting stuck in the gravel trap at Turn Five.
Nobody improved once the session resumed, leaving Ticktum top from Schumacher, Tsunoda, Deletraz and Callum Ilott.
Jack Aitken meanwhile struggled as he only managed the 15th fastest time, albeit 0.720s off Ticktum’s time.
Trident’s Marino Sato and Roy Nissany were straight out onto the circuit as everyone else followed, although it would be Nikita Mazepin who set the first representative time but Nissany then Sato bettered the Russian’s effort.
Shwartzman soon went top with 1m 28.662 from Ilott and Aitken with the latter finding himself displaced by Tsunoda then Schumacher shortly afterwards.
Ticktum made a mistake on his first flier in the final sector but managed to put his car sixth on his second attempt, until Zhou went second after opting to do his first flier in the gap.
Ilott soon afterwards headed out for his final run early, ultimately managing to improve to 1m 28.381 and snatch pole position which wouldn’t be beaten in the closing stages as Shwartzman and Zhou completed the top three.
Drugovich, Schumacher, Tsunoda, Aitken, Ticktum, Mazepin and Deletraz completed the top ten for the Feature Race grid.
By taking pole, Ilott also extended his championship lead over Lundgaard to 23 points.
|1||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||1m 29.660|
|2||Mick Schumacher||Prema||+ 0.009|
|3||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin||+ 0.101|
|4||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||+ 0.147|
|5||Callum Ilott||Uni-Virtuosi||+ 0.163|
|6||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||+ 0.304|
|7||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||+ 0.349|
|8||Marino Sato||Trident||+ 0.368|
|9||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||+ 0.390|
|10||Robert Shwartzman||Prema||+ 0.451|
|11||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||+ 0.519|
|12||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||+ 0.562|
|13||Guanyu Zhou||Uni-Virtuosi||+ 0.654|
|14||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||+ 0.660|
|15||Jack Aitken||Campos||+ 0.720|
|16||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||+ 0.790|
|17||Sean Gelael||DAMS||+ 0.826|
|18||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||+ 0.944|
|19||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||+ 0.989|
|20||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||+ 1.021|
|21||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||+ 1.287|
|22||Roy Nissany||Trident||+ 1.359|
|1||Callum Ilott||Uni-Virtuosi||1m 28.381|
|2||Robert Shwartzman||Prema||+ 0.183|
|3||Guanyu Zhou||Uni-Virtuosi||+ 0.220|
|4||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||+ 0.386|
|5||Mick Schumacher||Prema||+ 0.508|
|6||Yuki Tsunoda||Carlin||+ 0.522|
|7||Jack Aitken||Campos||+ 0.598|
|8||Dan Ticktum||DAMS||+ 0.605|
|9||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||+ 0.652|
|10||Louis Deletraz||Charouz||+ 0.818|
|11||Artem Markelov||HWA Racelab||+ 0.916|
|12||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||+ 0.927|
|13||Sean Gelael||DAMS||+ 0.935|
|14||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||+ 0.952|
|15||Roy Nissany||Trident||+ 1.088|
|16||Marino Sato||Trident||+ 1.112|
|17||Pedro Piquet||Charouz||+ 1.143|
|18||Nobuharu Matsushita||MP Motorsport||+ 1.260|
|19||Marcus Armstrong||ART GP||+ 1.305|
|20||Luca Ghiotto||Hitech GP||+ 1.309|
|21||Giuliano Alesi||HWA Racelab||+ 1.367|
|22||Guilherme Samaia||Campos||+ 1.712|