Leclerc hits rivals in Silverstone to secure his sixth win

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Charles Leclerc made it six poles in six rounds with a stunning lap in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 qualifying session in Silverstone, easily continuing his perfect qualifying form to take the top spot by over four tenths from championship rivals Oliver Rowland and Norman Nato. 

The Monegasque driver was the fastest man on both sets of tyres, running quicker again on his second set to top all three sectors for a combined lap of 1:38.427 to break the hearts of any of his rivals who were hoping for a reversal of fortune at the fast, flowing circuit. 

The session got underway in overcast and changeable conditions, and with a little rain earlier in the day the drivers were taking no chances and were immediately onto the circuit when the lights went green.

Jordan King was the first man to set a competitive time, but the local driver was knocked off the top spot mere seconds later by Leclerc with a 39.1s lap, topping all the sectors on his way there. 

The entire field returned to the pits until there were just 10 minutes remaining, when they returned en masse to look for a better time. With most of the top runners following each other the top spot changed as each of them crossed the line: first Nato, then Rowland, and finally Leclerc, who cruised around on track as the others return to the pits in case there were any more challenges to his pole. 

He needn’t have worried, as the other filled the spaces behind the top three: King, Artem Markelov, Nicholas Latifi, Sergio Canamasas, Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergio Sette Camara were all within a second of the top spot and will be looking for more reward in tomorrow’s feature race.

Preliminary Qualifying Classification 

 Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Charles Leclerc 

PREMA Racing

1:38.427

11

2.

Oliver Rowland 

DAMS

1:38.885

10

3.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:38.906

9

4.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:38.988

10

5.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:39.062

11

6.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:39.138

10

7.

Sergio Canamasas 

Rapax

1:39.368

12

8.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:39.405

9

9.

Sergio Sette Camara

MP Motorsport

1:39.413

12

10.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:39.566

11

11.

Nyck De Vries

Rapax

1:39.594

12

12.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

1:39.879

11

13.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:39.959

12

14.

Louis Delétraz

Racing Engineering

1:39.966

11

15.

Callum Ilott

Trident

1:39.996

13

16.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:40.394

12

17.

Robert Visoiu

Campos Racing 

1:40.412

12

18.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:40.454

12

19.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:40.478

8

20.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:40.568

12

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