Carlin’s Yuki Tsunoda took pole in FIA Formula 2 (F2) Championship’s Round 2 at Red Bull Ring as Prema’s Frederik Vesti had it in FIA Formula 3 (F3) Championship.
Carrying his practice form, Carlin’s Yuki Tsunoda led the F2 pack in Round 2 at Red Bull Ring with a provisional pole after a lap of 1m14.803s to slot himself ahead of the UNI-Virtuosi Racing pair of Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou.
The strategy from Prema was alternative as they headed out after everyone pitted as Robert Shwartzman landed up fifth and Mick Schumacher 12th. It was close towards the end where F2 drivers had multiple laps under the belt to beat Tsunoda.
But it wasn’t to be as despite improvements from both Zhou and Ilott, the Red Bull junior Tsunoda secured pole for feature F2 race. The Chinese racer felt shot by 0.038s to the Japanese as the Brit was 0.085s away from the Carlin driver.
Hitech GP’s Luca Ghiotto slotted in fourth as a late improvement from Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken put him in fifth ahead of Shwartzman and Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala. The Indian improved multiple times but was not enough to break the 1m15s barrier.
The Top 10 for the feature F2 race was rounded by ART’s Christian Lundgaard in eighth, Schumacher ninth and MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich as Trident’s Marino Sato missed out. Behind, the Charouz drivers were given a one-place drop for wrong tyre choice.
Position 11-22: Sato, Marcus Armstrong, Roy Nissany, Nobuharu Matsushita, Dan Ticktum, Sean Gelael, Pedro Piquet, Louis Deletraz, Nikita Mazepin, Artem Markelov, Giuliano Alesi, Guilherme Samaia – the above is without applying the penalties.
The second round in the 2020 F3 season got underway with Prema’s Vesti taking pole for Saturday’s feature race with a 1m020.378s lap ahead of Trident’s David Beckmann. The German segregated the Prema trio to secure a 1-2-3.
Logan Sargeant was third but couldn’t improve on his time due to mechanical issues as Oscar Piastri slotted in fourth. Just like the American, the Dane had troubles too with an off early on along with ART’s Sebastian Fernandez but managed to improve to take pole.
ART teammate Theo Pourchaire ended up fifth as the Top 10 was rounded out by Trident’s Lirim Zendelli, Campos’ Alex Peroni, Trident’s Oli Caldwell, Fernandez and Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson. The F3 session had a red flag for Charouz’s Igor Fraga too.