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Formula 2: Piastri extends title lead with third straight pole at Sochi

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Oscar Piastri took his third pole position in a row in FIA Formula 2 qualifying at the Sochi Autodrome.

The Prema driver put in a late flier to top the session and secure pole for Sunday’s feature race, and also extended his championship lead to 19 points over Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou, who was fourth quickest.

Zhou pipped Piastri the fastest time at the halfway stage, the pair both bettering Ralph Boschung’s early benchmark.

Piastri improved on his rival’s effort by 0.030s on his second tyre run before Jehan Daruvula went even faster for Carlin.

But on his next lap, Piastri found almost another 0.2s to regain top spot ahead of Daruvala, while ART’s Theo Pourchaire moved up to third with his final effort ahead of Zhou, who was unable to improve on his second run.

Boschung ended up fifth for Campos Racing, while HWA’s Jake Hughes also impressed with the sixth quickest time in only his second appearance of the season.

Prema’s Robert Shwartzman was seventh ahead of Hitech duo Liam Lawson and Juri Vips.

Carlin’s Dan Ticktum will start at the front for Saturday’s opening sprint race after setting the 10th fastest time.

Qualifying result

1 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m47.465s
2 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +0.188s
3 Theo Pourchaire ART +0.426s
4 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi +0.529s
5 Ralph Boschung Campos +0.559s
6 Jake Hughes HWA +0.608s
7 Robert Shwartzman Prema +0.633s
8 Liam Lawson Hitech +0.664s
9 Juri Vips Hitech +0.674s
10 Dan Ticktum Carlin +0.706s
11 Marcus Armstrong DAMS +0.725s
12 Christian Lundgaard ART +0.790s
13 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi +0.821s
14 David Beckmann Campos +0.963s
15 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +1.122s
16 Bent Viscaal Trident +1.197s
17 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport +1.320s
18 Roy Nissany DAMS +1.524s
19 Guilherme Samaia Charouz +1.761s
20 Marino Sato Trident +1.874s
21 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz +2.000s
22 Alessio Deledda HWA +2.924s

 

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