Ayumu Iwasa makes history as first Formula 2 driver to secure pole at Albert Park
Ayumu Iwasa made history by securing pole position in a chaotic Formula 2 qualifying session at Albert Park, battling unpredictable weather conditions and a crash-filled practice session.
Ayumu Iwasa made history as the inaugural Formula 2 driver to secure the pole position at Albert Park, as he skillfully navigated through unpredictable and constantly changing weather conditions.
At the commencement of the session, all drivers were on the track attempting to set initial times on a heavily soaked surface, anticipating the challenging conditions following a tumultuous practice session that experienced three red flag stoppages.
Just five minutes into the session, the first red flag was raised when Oliver Bearman crashed into the wall between turns 8 and 9, causing debris from his Prema car to scatter across the track. Jak Crawford’s Hitech also lost its front wing as a result of the collision.
Fortunately, Bearman managed to make it back to the pitlane for repairs, and despite the initial damage sustained by his car, he was able to continue with the session.
Australian driver and local favorite, Jack Doohan, was on the verge of posting the first competitive lap time of the session when the red flag halted his progress just a corner away from completing the lap.
Once the session resumed, Doohan was the first to venture out of the pits and managed to set a representative lap time, which was subsequently surpassed by Frederik Vesti.
The dynamic and evolving conditions resulted in several drivers vying for the top spot, with the fastest lap time constantly being contested.
After the first set of runs, Jeddah polesitter Victor Martins emerged as the provisional pole sitter, clocking a time of 1:14.736.
Unfortunately, Martins’ stint at the top was short-lived as he collided with the wall between turns 5 and 6, prompting another red flag with less than three minutes remaining on the clock.
As the track continued to evolve, lap times began to improve on fresh wet weather tyres. Ultimately, it was Ayumu Iwasa who claimed pole position, making history as the first Formula 2 driver to achieve this feat at Albert Park, and earning two championship points in the process.
Theo Pourchaire secured second place on the grid, finishing 0.614 seconds behind the pole-sitter. Victor Martins completed the top three for Sunday’s Feature Race.
Isack Hadjar managed to hold off Zane Maloney and Oliver Bearman to claim fourth place, while the top 10 was rounded out by Arthur Leclerc, Kush Maini, Jak Crawford, and finally, Dennis Hauger, who is slated to begin from the reverse grid pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint Race.
The 23-lap Sprint Race will commence at 14:20 local time, with the Feature Race scheduled for Sunday at 11:35 local time.
Results of the qualifying session.
os Driver Team Time Gaps Laps 1 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m45.118s 13 2 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m45.732s +0.614s 12 3 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m45.736s +0.618s 12 4 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m46.037s +0.919s 13 5 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m46.045s +0.927s 13 6 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m46.058s +0.940s 12 7 Arthur Leclerc Hitech GP 1m46.309s +1.191s 13 8 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m46.530s +1.412s 12 9 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m46.687s +1.569s 12 10 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m46.737s +1.619s 12 11 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m46.859s +1.741s 12 12 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m46.896s +1.778s 12 13 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m46.899s +1.781s 12 14 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m47.194s +2.076s 12 15 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m47.266s +2.148s 13 16 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m47.267s +2.149s 13 17 Roman Stanek Trident 1m47.470s +2.352s 13 18 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.533s +2.415s 11 19 Clement Novalak Trident 1m47.578s +2.460s 13 20 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.989s +2.871s 12 21 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m47.989s +2.871s
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