F2 2020: Italian Grand Prix – Friday

Callum Ilott took pole for the Italian Feature Race after a thrilling Friday of action around Monza. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

With a fierce title fight seeing 26 points separating the top four, Formula Two entered Round Eight at Monza with all to play for through Practice and Qualifying. 

With 40 points covering the top six and a maximum of 48 points on offer throughout the final five rounds of this season, several drivers knew that a perfect weekend is important to their title hopes and the chance to catch Robert Shwartzman who currently heads up the championship standings.

Now here is a full roundup of Practice and Qualifying action.



Yuki Tsunoda set the pace in F2 Practice ahead of Christian Lundgaard by just 0.058 seconds. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Having taken part in Formula One’s morning practice, Trident’s Roy Nissany was straight out onto the circuit as several drivers opted for installation laps before returning to the pits.

Nissany soon proceeded to set the initial pace with a 1m 33.297 ahead of Dan Ticktum and Jehan Daruvala, although it would be Ticktum who got the better of the Israelian driver on their second runs until Luca Ghiotto went fastest with a 1m 32.837.

Callum Ilott had lost the championship lead last weekend but slowly built himself into this session and briefly went top in the 16th minute, only to be immediately displaced by Marcus Armstrong then Nikita Mazepin who posted a 1m 32.232 until Tsunoda went quicker just seconds later with a session topping 1m 32.169.

Come the halfway mark, Tsunoda led from Mazepin, Ticktum, Armstrong and Ilott who completed the top six at the checkered flag, with Christian Lundgaard producing a late effort to go 0.058 seconds slower than Tsunoda’s best lap time whilst many focused on race simulations which showed little tyre degradation on the mediums.

Campos’ Guilherme Samaia caused the only incident when his engine failed in the 25th minute through Variante, requiring a Virtual Safety Car whilst marshals removed his car from the racetrack.

At the flag, only 0.861s separated the top 16 which set up a mouth-watering Qualifying session on the soft tyre compound.



Callum Ilott benefitted from a tow to snatch pole for the Italian Feature Race. (Image credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Tsunoda was first out onto the circuit ahead of Lundgaard plus rest of the field but some drivers including Jack Aitken chose to wait before heading out into clear space in order to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Lundgaard was fastest during the first initial attempts with a 1m 32.296 as Luca Ghiotto, Marino Sato and Ticktum all ran wide down the escape road at Variante, with Sato knocking over two polystyrene bollards.

Everyone then proceeded to have a second attempt with Mick Schumacher emerging fastest with a 1m 32.277 which was 0.018s quicker than Lundgaard’s time with Jehan Daruvala, Ticktum and Mazepin rounding out the top five as everyone retreated to the pits to prepare for their final runs.

Unlike F3, every F2 driver managed to avoid traffic or impeding as several drivers found time with Ilott utilising a tow from Drugovich to post a 1m 31.929 and snatch his fourth pole position of this season by 0.030s from Tsunoda as Ghiotto, Lundgaard and Nissany completed the top five with just 0.697s covering the top 20 drivers.

Schumacher however brought the session to an early end after suffering a huge crash on the exit of Ascari with two minutes left, which secured Ilott four vital points as he reduced his championship deficit over Schumacher’s teammate – Robert Shwartzman to six points as the Russian only qualified 16th for the Feature Race.




Position Driver Team Time
1 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m 32.169
2 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 0.058
3 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.063
4 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.275
5 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 0.353
6 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi + 0.463
7 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.468
8 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 0.483
9 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.526
10 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.557
11 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 0.683
12 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.748
13 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.760
14 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 0.777
15 Juri Vips DAMS + 0.847
16 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.861
17 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.025
18 Roy Nissany Trident + 1.061
19 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 1.080
20 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 1.296
21 Marino Sato Trident + 1.316
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 1.921



Position Driver Team Time
1 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 1m 31.929
2 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.030
3 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.198
4 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 0.271
5 Roy Nissany Trident + 0.297
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.338
7 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.348
8 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.379
9 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.413
10 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.444
11 Juri Vips DAMS + 0.452
12 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.483
13 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 0.491
14 Marino Sato Trident + 0.605
15 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 0.663
16 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.668
17 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 0.673
18 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 0.681
19 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.694
20 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 0.697
21 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.382
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 1.572


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