Hitech GP’s Juri Vips snatched pole position for the FIA Formula 2 feature race in Baku in the closing stages of qualifying.
Vips, who was a double-winner on the streets of Baku last year, set a time of 1m53.762s to edge 2021 polesitter Liam Lawson by 0.163s following a red flag period caused by Ayuma Iwasa.
DAMS driver Iwasa led at the halfway stage of the 30-minute session thanks to an effort of 1m54.483s, with Vips’s team-mate Marcus Armstrong lapping within 0.004s.
After returning to track on fresh tyres, Iwasa ended up in the wall on the exit of turn four, bringing a halt to proceedings with less than six minutes remaining.
Iwasa’s effort was soon beaten once the action resumed, with Richard Trident’s Richard Verschoor setting a 1m54.029s.
But the Dutchman was demoted to sixth by a flurry of late improvements, with Vips beating his time by almost 0.3s.
Carlin’s Lawson snatched second on his final lap, with Prema’s Dennis Hauger finishing third, ahead of Armstrong and championship leader Felipe Drugovich (MP Motorsport).
Logan Sargeant was seventh for Carlin ahead of Jehan Daruvala (Prema) and Frederick Vesti (ART). Jakes Hughes is set to start Saturday’s sprint race from pole for VAR after qualifying in tenth.
Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan was 11th ahead of ART’s Theo Pourchaire. Iwasa slipped back to 13th ahead of team-mate Roy Nissany.
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