PREMA’s Oscar Piastri produced a stunning lap to snatch pole position for the 2021 Formula Two British Feature Race.
Piastri was on the pace throughout Friday’s action as he finished Practice in second place behind home favourite – Dan Ticktum, yet was able to find massive improvement to snatch a stunning pole position with a time of 1m 39.854 as Qualifying was concluded early due to a red flag.
Discover how Friday’s F2 action unfolded below in our roundup of Practice and Qualifying at Silverstone.
A quiet start saw several drivers opt to just deliver an installation lap before pitting but it was Christian Lundgaard who set the initial pace with 1m 57.763, as his ART GP teammate – Theo Pourchaire brought out the red flag just ten minutes into the session after spinning out at Brooklands.
Once the session resumed, a series of representative laps quickly flew in with Oscar Piastri finding himself quickest from Lirim Zendeli and Dan Ticktum after 25 minutes, as Alessio Deledda spun out of Vale into Club to bring out the red flag as he stalled his HWA Racelab.
Marshals swiftly cleared the Italian’s car but there weren’t many notable improvements after the final restart as Piastri initially lowered his benchmark to 1m 41.980, only for Ticktum to post a session topping 1m 41.750 just minutes later.
Juri Vips, Richard Verschoor, Jehan Daruvala, Guanyu Zhou, Lundgaard, Zendeli, Liam Lawson and Robert Shwartzman rounded out the top ten.
|1||Dan Ticktum||Carlin||1m 41.750|
|2||Oscar Piastri||PREMA||+ 0.230|
|3||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+ 0.310|
|4||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+ 0.350|
|5||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||+ 0.470|
|6||Guanyu Zhou||UNI-Virtuosi||+ 0.583|
|7||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||+ 0.587|
|8||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||+ 0.701|
|9||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+ 0.751|
|10||Robert Shwartzman||PREMA||+ 0.786|
|11||Roy Nissany||DAMS||+ 0.855|
|12||Ralph Boschung||Campos||+ 0.957|
|13||Marcus Armstrong||DAMS||+ 0.957|
|14||Marino Sato||Trident||+ 0.991|
|15||Bent Viscaal||Trident||+ 1.183|
|16||Felipe Drugovich||UNI-Virtuosi||+ 1.265|
|17||Matteo Nannini||Campos||+ 1.351|
|18||David Beckmann||Charouz||+ 1.404|
|19||Jack Aitken||HWA Racelab||+ 1.730|
|20||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz||+ 2.180|
|21||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||+ 7.054|
|22||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||+ 27.716|
A frantic opening run saw both MP Motorsport drivers briefly go top as Zendeli had his lap time deleted for exceeding track limits, just as UNI-Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich went quickest with 1m 40.692.
Lundgaard and Ticktum went top on their second fliers until Piastri delivered a pole clinching 1m 39.854 despite failing to improve on his final run, like many others as Zhou enjoyed a late charge to second ahead of Richard Verschoor as the red flag came out after a spin for Shwartzman with two minutes left.
Ticktum had to settle for fourth ahead of Pourchaire, Drugovich, Shwartzman, Roy Nissany, Vips and Lundgaard, who complete the top 10 who will be reversed for tomorrow’s opening sprint race.
|1||Oscar Piastri||PREMA||1m 39.854|
|2||Guanyu Zhou||UNI-Virtuosi||+ 0.221|
|3||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+ 0.405|
|4||Dan Ticktum||Carlin||+ 0.554|
|5||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||+ 0.565|
|6||Felipe Drugovich||UNI-Virtuosi||+ 0.597|
|7||Robert Shwartzman||PREMA||+ 0.598|
|8||Roy Nissany||DAMS||+ 0.632|
|9||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+ 0.637|
|10||Christian Lundgaard||ART GP||+ 0.702|
|11||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+ 0.825|
|12||Jehan Daruvala||Carlin||+ 0.829|
|13||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||+ 0.918|
|14||Marcus Armstrong||DAMS||+ 1.031|
|15||Ralph Boschung||Campos||+ 1.061|
|16||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||+ 1.196|
|17||Bent Viscaal||Trident||+ 1.331|
|18||David Beckmann||Charouz||+ 1.441|
|19||Jack Aitken||HWA Racelab||+ 1.452|
|20||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz||+ 1.904|
|21||Marino Sato||Trident||+ 1.936|
|22||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||+ 3.880|