F2 2020: 2020 Belgian Grand Prix – Friday

Yuki Tsunoda impressed to take his second pole of the 2020 F2 season as drivers gear up for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

One year on from the tragic events of Spa, Formula Two returned to the circuit as it geared up for an emotional 2020 Belgian Grand Prix weekend in memory of Anthoine Hubert.

On a day which featured plenty of on track drama as drivers got to grips with one of motorsport’s most demanding tracks and three red flags, it was Yuki Tsunoda who reigned supreme as we round up the action from Practice and Qualifying.

 

Practice

Robert Shwartzman topped F2 Practice ahead of Qualifying for 2020 Belgian Feature Race. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Giuliano Alesi immediately brought Practice to an early halt when he lost the rear of his HWA Racelab, spinning it into the barrier to spread debris across the track as he proceeded to retire from this session at the top of Raidillon to cause an eight minute red flag.

Once the session resumed, Robert Shwartzman initially set the pace with a 1m 58.874 which was 0.297 seconds quicker than Mick Schumacher’s effort, before improving to a 1m 58.233 with Felipe Drugovich improving to second on his own second attempt.

Come end of session, Shwartzman topped practice from Tsunoda, Nikita Mazepin, Drugovich and and Jehan Daruvala as rain began to briefly fall across the circuit.

Dan Ticktum was ruled out of Practice after returning an inconclusive Coronavirus test in a disastrous dent to DAMS’ weekend, as rookie – Juri Vips made his F2 debut in 16th position and 1.364s off Shwartzman’s time as he steps in for the injured Sean Gelael.

 

Qualifying

Tsunoda en route to pole position for 2020 Belgian Feature Race. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MP Motorsport and recent race winners, Nobuharu Matsushita and Felipe Drugovich were the first pair to hit the track at start of Qualifying but DAMS’ Juri Vips only lasted six minutes before retiring on the exit of Les Combes with a mechanical issue.

Guilherme Samaia however would trigger a nine minute stoppage when his Campos suffered an engine failure on the exit of Blanchimont, only for the session to again be red flagged just seconds after resuming due to an out of position truck on track, although the session did eventually get going just minutes later once the truck had returned to its correct position.

Callum Ilott was first back out and set the initial pace with a 1m 58.427 ahead of Louis Deletraz and Shwartzman until Mick Schumacher and then Tsunoda usurped the Brit at the top of the timesheets, as the latter posted a 1m 57.994.

Jack Aitken opted to conduct his second run in the gap but a mistake at Rivage on his first effort meant that all Aitken could manage was P17 come the checkered flag, despite improving on his second attempt.

Up front, Tsunoda found 0.401s to improve his pole time to a 1, 57.593 as Mazepin, Matsushita, Shwartzman and Drugovich rounded out the top five for tomorrow’s Feature Race grid.

Dan Ticktum meanwhile managed to qualify 14th and only 0.798s off Tsunoda’s pace despite missing Practice whilst he awaited the results of a second Coronavirus test, which came back negative.

 

Results

Practice 

Position Driver Team Time
1 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m 58.233
2 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.211
3 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.232
4 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.277
5 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.401
6 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.516
7 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.615
8 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.712
9 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.748
10 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi + 0.832
11 Marino Sato Trident + 0.842
12 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 0.849
13 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 1.071
14 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 1.135
15 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 1.196
16 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 1.243
17 Juri Vips DAMS + 1.364
18 Roy Nissany Trident + 1.556
19 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.762
20 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 4.349
21 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab No Time Set
22 Dan Ticktum DAMS No Time Set

 

Qualifying

Position Driver Team Time
1 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m 57.593
2 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.128
3 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 0.251
4 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.268
5 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.421
6 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 0.429
7 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.483
8 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.487
9 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.544
10 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.575
11 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 0.601
12 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi + 0.666
13 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 0.725
14 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.798
15 Roy Nissany Trident + 0.985
16 Marino Sato Trident + 1.366
17 Jack Aitken Campos + 1.414
18 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 1.486
19 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.614
20 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 5.398
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos No Time Set
22 Juri Vips DAMS No Time Set

 

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