Silverstone F2: Leclerc maintains perfect qualifying streak

Ferrari F1 junior Charles Leclerc remained unbeaten in qualifying in the 2017 Formula 2 season, after collecting his sixth pole at Silverstone.

Silverstone F2: Leclerc maintains perfect qualifying streak
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
 Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam, leads Ralph Boschung, Campos Racing
Callum Ilott, Trident
Sergio Sette Camara, MP Motorsport
Antonio Fuoco, PREMA Powerteam
Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix

In claiming his sixth pole in a row, Leclerc equalled the record set by Stoffel Vandoorne in F2's predecessor series GP2, as the Belgian managed six consecutive poles between the latter stages of the 2014 season and the start of his title-winning 2015 campaign.

Leclerc led the way during the mid-session pitstops, heading Arden's Norman Nato by two and a half tenths.

Nato was first to improve as the final flyers started and took the lead before being narrowly demoted by Oliver Rowland.

Leclerc then lowered the benchmark by 0.458s, his 1m38.427s earning him pole position.

Rowland and Nato had to settle for second and third, separated by two hundredths of a second.

MP Motorsport's Jordan King was fourth, followed by Artem Markelov and Rowland's DAMS teammate Nicholas Latifi.

Sergio Canamasas, Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergio Sette Camara were the last three drivers to end up less than a second off the pace in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

Alexander Albon, who ran briefly off-track late in the session, rounded out the top 10.

European F3 title contender and F2 debutant Callum Ilott took 15th, beating his Trident teammate Nabil Jeffri by 0.458s.

While one Ferrari junior led the way, another closed the order as Leclerc's teammate Antonio Fuoco endured a difficult qualifying.

He ran off track and then was impeded by Sean Gelael in the early stages of the session, for which the Indonesian is under investigation.

Fuoco then was unable to make a significant improvement in the second half of the qualifying, and ended up last, more than two seconds slower than Leclerc.

UPDATE: Albon received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Jeffri, dropping the ART driver to 13th. The penalty promoted Nyck de Vries into the top 10.

Qualifying results:

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGap
1 monaco Charles Leclerc  italy Prema Powerteam 1'38.427  
2 united_kingdom Oliver Rowland  france DAMS 1'38.885 0.458
3 france Norman Nato  united_kingdom Arden International 1'38.906 0.479
4 united_kingdom Jordan King  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'38.988 0.561
5 russia Artem Markelov  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'39.062 0.635
6 canada Nicholas Latifi  france DAMS 1'39.138 0.711
7 spain Sergio Canamasas  italy Rapax 1'39.368 0.941
8 japan Nobuharu Matsushita  france ART Grand Prix 1'39.405 0.978
9 brazil Sergio Sette Camara  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'39.413 0.986
10 netherlands Nyck de Vries  italy Rapax 1'39.594 1.167
11 sweden Gustav Malja  spain Racing Engineering 1'39.879 1.452
12 italy Luca Ghiotto  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'39.959 1.532
13 thailand Alexander Albon* france ART Grand Prix 1'39.566 1.139
14 switzerland Louis Deletraz  spain Racing Engineering 1'39.966 1.539
15 united_kingdom Callum Ilott  italy Trident 1'39.996 1.569
16 switzerland Ralph Boschung  spain Campos Racing 1'40.394 1.967
17 romania Robert Visoiu  spain Campos Racing 1'40.412 1.985
18 malaysia Nabil Jeffri  italy Trident 1'40.454 2.027
19 indonesia Sean Gelael  united_kingdom Arden International 1'40.478 2.051
20 italy Antonio Fuoco  italy Prema Powerteam 1'40.568 2.141
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