F2 2020: Tuscan Grand Prix – Friday

Christian Lundgaard dominated Qualifying to claim his first F2 pole position. (Image credit: Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

With a fierce title fight brewing with more twists and turns than anticipated, Mugello would be the ninth stop for Formula Two as drivers got to grips with a new track in Practice and Qualifying. 

Whilst the three title contenders of Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman all encountered a rough day, it provided an opportunity for those further down the pack to show their mettle as they adapted to the physical demands of Mugello, of which Christian Lundgaard would emerge fastest to claim pole for the Feature Race.

Here is a roundup of Practice and Qualifying action.

 

Practice

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Marino Sato was first driver out to explore Mugello but it would be Juri Vips setting the initial pace with a 1m 32.762, only to be immediately displaced by Felipe Drugovich who went 1.057 seconds quicker, with Sato, Jack Aitken then Schumacher bumping the Estonian further down the timesheet.

Vips however found time on his next lap to post a session topping 1m 31.474 with Hitech GP’s Luca Ghiotto the only driver to eventually get within a tenth of the DAMS driver, finishing 0.089s slower but ahead of Drugovich, Yuki Tsunoda, Dan Ticktum, Sato, Aitken, Nikita Mazepin, Christian Lundgaard and Roy Nissany.

The three title contenders meanwhile found themselves occupying the 12, 13 and 14th quickest times with Schumacher ahead of Shwartzman and Ilott by just 0.088s as everyone switched focus to race simulations, which indicated that high degradation could be possible with a potential need for a stop in the Sprint Race if the opportunities become available to make a cheap pit stop.

Aitken caused a five minute virtual safety car when he locked up on entry at Bucine and went straight on before grinding to a halt in the gravel trap with ten minutes left of the session, although that was the only notable incident in this Practice session.

 

Qualifying

Christian Lundgaard dominated Qualifying to take pole position for Tuscan Feature Race. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Trident’s Roy Nissany was first out on track but it would be Schumacher causing the first big moment of the session when he spun on exit of Palagio to ruin his first flier whilst his second effort only put him 21st after the initial runs were completed.

Marcus Armstrong led after the initial fliers from Lundgaard and Vips but come the end of the first runs, it was Lundgaard on provisional pole from Ticktum, Drugovich, Vips and Louis Deletraz, as Shwartzman and Ilott found themselves set to start outside the top ten on a track which is difficult to overtake.

Lundgaard eventually took his maiden F2 pole after improving to 1m 30.133 on the first lap of his second run with Ticktum joining him on the front row after failing 0.005s short of the Dane’s pole time, whilst Ilott managed to produce a 1m 30.204 to lift himself up to third ahead of Armstrong, Drugovich and Jehan Daruvala who round out the top six.

Practice pace setter, Vips could only manage seventh after running wide on his final lap as he outqualified Ghiotto with Shwartzman and Aitken rounding out the top ten. Vips however received a three-place grid penalty post Qualifying after he was found to had impeded Louis Deletraz and will therefore start the Feature Race from tenth on the grid.

Schumacher meanwhile could only improve six positions and will start the Feature Race from 15th on the grid as the top 17 drivers were split by less than a single second in qualifying.

In terms of the championship, Ilott continues to lead Schumacher and Shwartzman whilst Lundgaard benefitted from the four points for pole as he cut a seven point gap to fourth-placed Tsunoda down to three points.

 

Results

Practice

Position Driver Team Time
1 Juri Vips DAMS 1m 31.474
2 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.089
3 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.231
4 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.283
5 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.408
6 Marino Sato Trident + 0.494
7 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.587
8 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.623
9 Christian Lundgaard ART GP + 0.627
10 Roy Nissany Trident + 0.743
11 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.822
12 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.857
13 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.934
14 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi + 0.945
15 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 0.977
16 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 1.134
17 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 1.208
18 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.536
19 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 1.542
20 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 1.669
21 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 2.221
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 2.547

 

Qualifying

Position Driver Team Time
1 Christian Lundgaard ART GP 1m 30.133
2 Dan Ticktum DAMS + 0.005
3 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi + 0.071
4 Marcus Armstrong ART GP + 0.184
5 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport + 0.206
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin + 0.304
7 Juri Vips DAMS + 0.353
8 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP + 0.375
9 Robert Shwartzman Prema + 0.394
10 Jack Aitken Campos + 0.400
11 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin + 0.409
12 Louis Deletraz Charouz + 0.419
13 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi + 0.453
14 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP + 0.459
15 Mick Schumacher Prema + 0.791
16 Pedro Piquet Charouz + 0.841
17 Marino Sato Trident + 0.998
18 Roy Nissany Trident + 1.026
19 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab + 1.198
20 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab + 1.212
21 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport + 1.828
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos + 2.226

 

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