F2 2020: Spanish Grand Prix – Friday

Callum Ilott has taken pole for 2020 Spanish Feature Race as the title battle throws up another twist. (Image credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

After four amazing races around Silverstone, Formula Two made the switch to Barcelona, Spain as the title fight threw up another twist on Friday.

Callum Ilott entered this round as championship leader ahead of Christian Lundgaard and Robert Shwartzman, as the championship currently approaches its final stages of this 2020 season. 

Now here is a full roundup of Friday’s action in Barcelona. 

 

Practice

Formula 2 Championship - Round 6:Barcelona - Practice & Qualifying
Dan Ticktum topped a tight Practice session from Mick Schumacher by just 0.009s. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Marcus Armstrong was first driver out on track as everyone ventured out for installation laps, with Prema’s Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher the only drivers to go for a second lap. 

Shwartzman would eventually set the first timed lap of a 1m 31.553 but several drivers displaced him with their first flying attempts, as Felipe Drugovich wound up fastest with a 1m 30.107 after those initial first lap efforts. 

Schumacher however went fastest in the 13th minute with a 1m 29.933 only to be trumped by Charouz’s Louis Deletraz with a 1m 29.807, with Dan Ticktum slotting into second place and 0.017s off the Swiss. 

Deletraz ultimately found himself slipping down to second in the 16th minute, after Schumacher posted 1m 29.669 to go quickest until Ticktum set the session topping time of a 1m 29.660 to go 0.009s faster than Schumacher’s effort.

Yuki Tsunoda eventually demoted Deletraz to fourth despite stalling at the exit of pit lane when doing a practice start, as everyone switched focus to race simulations until Marino Sato brought out a five minute red flag after getting stuck in the gravel trap at Turn Five. 

Nobody improved once the session resumed, leaving Ticktum top from Schumacher, Tsunoda, Deletraz and Callum Ilott. 

Jack Aitken meanwhile struggled as he only managed the 15th fastest time, albeit 0.720s off Ticktum’s time. 

 

Qualifying

Formula 2 Championship - Round 6:Barcelona - Practice & Qualifying
Ilott made it three Feature Race poles in four race weekends. (Image credit: Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

Trident’s Marino Sato and Roy Nissany were straight out onto the circuit as everyone else followed, although it would be Nikita Mazepin who set the first representative time but Nissany then Sato bettered the Russian’s effort. 

Shwartzman soon went top with 1m 28.662 from Ilott and Aitken with the latter finding himself displaced by Tsunoda then Schumacher shortly afterwards. 

Ticktum made a mistake on his first flier in the final sector but managed to put his car sixth on his second attempt, until Zhou went second after opting to do his first flier in the gap. 

Ilott soon afterwards headed out for his final run early, ultimately managing to improve to 1m 28.381 and snatch pole position which wouldn’t be beaten in the closing stages as Shwartzman and Zhou completed the top three.

Drugovich, Schumacher, Tsunoda, Aitken, Ticktum, Mazepin and Deletraz completed the top ten for the Feature Race grid. 

By taking pole, Ilott also extended his championship lead over Lundgaard to 23 points.

 

Results

Practice

Position Driver Team Time
1 Dan Ticktum DAMS  1m 29.660
2 Mick Schumacher  Prema + 0.009
3 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.101
4 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.147
5 Callum Ilott Uni-Virtuosi + 0.163
6 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 0.304
7 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.349
8 Marino Sato Trident + 0.368
9 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.390
10 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.451
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.519
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.562
13 Guanyu Zhou Uni-Virtuosi + 0.654
14 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 0.660
15 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.720
16 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 0.790
17 Sean Gelael DAMS + 0.826
18 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 0.944
19 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 0.989
20 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 1.021
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 1.287
22 Roy Nissany  Trident + 1.359

 

Qualifying

Position Driver Team Time
1 Callum Ilott Uni-Virtuosi 1m 28.381
2 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.183
3 Guanyu Zhou Uni-Virtuosi + 0.220
4 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.386
5 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.508
6 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.522
7 Jack Aitken  Campos + 0.598
8 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.605
9 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.652
10 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.818
11 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 0.916
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.927
13 Sean Gelael DAMS + 0.935
14 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 0.952
15 Roy Nissany Trident + 1.088
16 Marino Sato Trident + 1.112
17 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 1.143
18 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 1.260
19 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 1.305
20 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 1.309
21 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 1.367
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 1.712

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