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Doohan Grabs First Pole of F2 Season in Sakhir

Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan has taken the two points of the season after setting the fastest time in the first round of FIA Formula 2 Qualifying in Sakhir.

After a thirty minute session under the floodlights of the Bahrain International Circuit, the Australian will start Sunday’s Feature Race at the front of the grid alongside ART Grand Prix’s Théo Pourchaire who could only put himself within a tenth of his rival.

Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips will start behind them after setting the third fastest time with the American racing driver, Logan Sargeant in a strong fourth place in the first F2 qualifying session of his career.

The windy conditions at the circuit made it difficult for the drivers, with Ayumu Iwasa bringing out a Red Flag in under a minute after spinning and stalling at turn two due to cold tyres.

Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes set the pace early on with a 1:41.469, a whole second faster than last year’s pole position time of 1:42.848 set by Guanyu Zhou, but had to settle for eighth place by the time the checkered flag fell. His time was half a tenth faster than Richard Verschoor in ninth place for Trident.

MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich traded fastest laps with Hughes early on and set the fastest lap of the only Free Practice sessions of the weekend earlier in the day. His lap ended up being the tenth fastest on the grid, meaning the Brazilian lines up in reverse grid pole for the Sprint Race on Saturday.

Last season’s Team Champions, PREMA Racing found their duo of Jehan Daruvala and Dennis Hauger in seventh and fourteenth, respectively. The 2021 FIA Formula 3 champion Hauger nearly ended his and Vips’ sessions early as they almost tripped over each other down the pit straight.

1 3 Jack Doohan AUS Virtuosi Racing 1:40.542
2 10 Théo Pourchaire FRA ART Grand Prix 1:40.683 +0.141
3 8 Jüri Vips EST Hitech Grand Prix 1:40.755 +0.213
4 6 Logan Sargeant USA Carlin 1:40.760 +0.218
5 15 Ralph Boschung CHE Campos Racing 1:41.000 +0.458
6 5 Liam Lawson NZL Carlin 1:41.100 +0.558
7 2 Jehan Daruvala IND PREMA Racing 1:41.115 +0.573
8 24 Jake Hughes GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:41.121 +0.579
9 20 Richard Verschoor NLD Trident 1:41.178 +0.636
10 11 Felipe Drugovich BRA MP Motorsport 1:41.210 +0.668
11 16 Roy Nissany ISR DAMS 1:41.218 +0.676
12 21 Calan Williams AUS Trident 1:41.313 +0.771
13 7 Marcus Armstrong NZL Hitech Grand Prix 1:41.354 +0.812
14 4 Marino Sato JPN Virtuosi Racing 1:41.374 +0.832
15 1 Dennis Hauger NOR PREMA Racing 1:41.509 +0.967
16 22 Enzo Fittipaldi BRA Charouz Racing System 1:41.529 +0.987
17 14 Olli Caldwell GBR Campos Racing 1:41.752 +1.210
18 12 Clément Novalak FRA MP Motorsport 1:41.865 +1.323
19 9 Frederick Vesti DNK ART Grand Prix 1:42.083 +1.541
20 23 Cem Bölükbasi TUR Charouz Racing System 1:42.089 +1.547
21 25 Amaury Cordeel BEL Van Amersfoort Racing 1:42.880 +2.338
22 17 Ayumu Iwasa JPN DAMS N/A N/A
F2: Sakhir – Qualifying Classification

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