Azerbaijan 2023 – Bearman Conquers Pole with Damaged Car in F2
Defying all odds, 17-year-old British driver Oliver Bearman secured a phenomenal pole position at the Azerbaijan Formula 2 Grand Prix on Friday.
Oliver Bearman achieved an impressive pole position at the Azerbaijan Formula 2 Grand Prix on Friday, despite having a damaged car and setting the quickest time.
The British driver surpassed Enzo Fittipaldi by slightly more than one hundredth of a second, placing first on the time sheets, with Theo Pourchaire finishing third and Frederik Vesti in fourth.
On Sunday’s race, Dennis Hauger, who seemed poised for pole position until the last run, will commence in fifth place, followed by Jehan Daruvala, Jak Crawford, and Victor Martins.
Completing the top 10 were Zane Maloney and Richard Verschoor, with the latter from the Netherlands starting Saturday’s sprint in the first position.
Qualifying experienced a minor delay after a hectic Formula 1 practice session. Early on, Brad Benavides made a hasty exit after crashing his Charouz car into the barrier at Turn 1.
Just before that, Jack Doohan had veered off at the same turn, with Victor Martins doing so shortly after. A red flag stoppage followed these incidents.
During this time, Oliver Bearman established the initial pace while Isaak Hadjar damaged his suspension by hitting the wall on the inside of Turn Five. His Hitech team, however, quickly repaired the Frenchman’s car, allowing him to rejoin the session for the final 10 minutes.
Late in the session, Bearman grazed the barrier while exiting Turn Two, causing his steering to be slightly misaligned.
Despite this setback, he demonstrated exceptional speed with a fantastic late run that placed him at the top of the timing charts.
The 17-year-old becomes the fourth different polesitter in this season’s four races. Both feature races in Bahrain and Australia were won from pole position earlier in the campaign, with victories by Theo Pourchaire and Ayumu Iwasa, respectively.
F2 – Results from the Qualifying Session Azerbaijan 2023
Position Driver Team Time Gaps Laps 1 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m52.652s 12 2 Emmo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m52.664s +0.012s 13 3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m52.705s +0.053s 13 4 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m52.723s +0.071s 12 5 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m52.878s +0.226s 13 6 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m53.066s +0.414s 13 7 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m53.139s +0.487s 12 8 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m53.213s +0.561s 13 9 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m53.297s +0.645s 13 10 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.459s +0.807s 13 11 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m53.637s +0.985s 11 12 Roman Stanek Trident 1m53.639s +0.987s 11 13 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m53.750s +1.098s 11 14 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m53.920s +1.268s 10 15 Juan M. Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.965s +1.313s 13 16 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m54.150s +1.498s 13 17 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m54.217s +1.565s 11 18 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m54.291s +1.639s 9 19 Clement Novalak Trident 1m54.409s +1.757s 11 20 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m54.683s +2.031s 12 21 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m55.548s +2.896s 12 22 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 2m25.091s
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