F2: Verschoor claims maiden pole position in Monaco qualifying thriller


Richard Verschoor achieved his first-ever Formula 2 pole position after completing a lap of 1m 21.238s in a tense Monaco qualifying session to take the coveted top spot for the Feature Race.

With the field split between even and odd-numbered cars for qualifying, the Trident racer was amongst the first 11 drivers to head out on track in Group A.

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Having been in a battle with the likes of Isack Hadjar and Gabriel Bortoleto for P1, Verschoor’s penultimate lap was quick enough to give him the fastest time in the first segment.

ART Grand Prix driver Victor Martins’ fastest lap of 1m 21.310s saw him lead the way in Group B but he wound up 0.027s off Verschoor. However, the Alpine Academy member is set to start from the front row for the first time this season.

His fellow Frenchman Hadjar qualified third for Campos Racing and he will line up next to fellow championship hopeful Paul Aron of Hitech Pulse-Eight.

Williams Academy Driver Franco Colapinto qualified fifth fastest ahead of the second Trident of Roman Stanek and PREMA Racing’s Mercedes-backed Andrea Kimi Antonelli in seventh.

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Colapinto’s MP Motorsport team mate Dennis Hauger qualified in eighth ahead of McLaren Development Driver Gabriel Bortoleto for Invicta Racing.

Taylor Barnard rounded out the top 10 for AIX Racing, meaning the Briton will line up from reverse grid pole in Saturday’s Sprint Race, which is set to get under way at 1415 local time tomorrow.

For a full and in-depth report on the FIA Formula 2 qualifying session in Monaco, head over to the official website here.


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