An incredible show of strength. We cannot define in any other way what Oscar Piastri did in the Silverstone qualifying which gave the Prema driver his first pole in Formula 2.
The Australian managed to put his signature at the top of the time list thanks to a time of 1’39 ” 854, thus becoming the only one to go under the 1’40 ” wall. What surprised most, however, was the way in which Piastri approached the second sector.
Precisely in T2 the driver of Prema managed to make the difference on the first attempt, then bringing the advantage also in T3.
Guanyu Zhou will shoot alongside Piastri in the front row on Sunday, but the time set by the Chinese could be canceled. The UNI-Virtuosi driver, in fact, improved in the final minutes just when the yellow flags were displayed on the track due to Shwartzman’s car stopped at Stowe after a spin.
Zhou was the only one to approach Piastri’s references in T2 and in the end he paid a gap of 2 tenths from the Australian. However, if his time trial were to be canceled, he would risk a relegation to the grid which could cost dearly in the championship.
Another driver to improve under the yellow flags was Richard Verschoor. The Dutchman of MP Motorsport finished with the third time in 1’40 ” 259, but also on him the cancellation of the time and the consequent relegation could arrive.
After obtaining the best reference in the Free Practice in the morning, Dan Ticktum confirmed the excellent feeling with the Silverstone track in the afternoon, obtaining the fourth time even if with a gap of half a second from the top.
For Ticktum, as well as for many of the drivers present on the track in the final minutes, the yellow flag displayed at Stowe, and the subsequent red flag that put an early end to the session, prevented from improving the partials.
Theo Pourchaire scored an excellent fifth time. The ART Grand Prix rookie, recovering from a broken wrist remedied in Baku, was once again the best driver of the transalpine team, finishing just 11 thousandths from Ticktum.
Despite the mistake made three minutes from the end, Robert Shwartzman managed to enter the top ten with the seventh time in 1’40 ” 452 which will guarantee him the right to start the Feature Race alongside Felipe Drugovich, while Roy Nissany amazed by obtaining an unexpected eighth reference and winning the internal duel with Marcus Armstrong.
Juri Vips and Christian Lundgaard finished with the ninth and tenth time and tomorrow they will occupy the front row in Race 1 thanks to the inverted grid. For the Estonian, however, there remains the regret of having made a small mistake in the third sector on the occasion of the first attempt that prevented him from improving his reference.
Out of the top ten Liam Lawson, today only eleventh and not very incisive since the Free Practice, while Matteo Nannini is proving to become more and more familiar with the Campos team car and finished with the sixteenth time trial behind his teammate Boschung.