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Formula 2: Piastri beats Doohan to Yas Marina pole

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Oscar Piastri continued his scintillating form by taking his fifth pole position in a row during the final FIA Formula 2 qualifying session of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The Prema driver, who can clinch the title in Saturday’s opening sprint race on the revised Yas Marina circuit, was 0.2 seconds quicker than Jack Doohan, who impressed in only his second weekend in F2 for MP Motorsport.

After topping free practice, Piastri continued to set the pace by bettering team-mate Robert Shwartzman’s early effort, with Hitech’s Liam Lawson moving into second.

ART’s Theo Pourchaire, who was declared fit to race after last weekend’s startline crash with Enzo Fittipaldi in Jeddah, moved to the top. He was briefly beaten by Marino Sato, but the Trident driver’s lap was deleted for exceeding track limits.

Shwartzman then went quickest, before Piastri reasserted his advantage at the halfway mark by 0.3s from Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung.

After pitting for fresh tyres, Boschung improved to reduce the gap to Piastri, with Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou climbing to third.

Zhou improved further to take top spot away from Piastri, before Doohan went even quicker, having shown strong pace in free practice.

But this year’s FIA Formula 3 runner-up was denied a shock pole by Piastri, who will start ahead of his fellow Australian in Sunday’s feature race.

Zhou ended up third ahead of Piastri, with Boschung fifth and Pourchaire sixth.

Lawson was seventh ahead of Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich and the Carlin pair of Dan Ticktum and Jehan Daruvala – the latter’s 10th place securing him pole for the opening sprint race.

Richard Verschoor, who raced for MP Motorsport for most of the season, was 16th on his F2 return for Charouz – as stand-in for the injured Fittipaldi. Jake Hughes was another returnee with HWA and ended up 18th.

 

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