Friday, July 19, 2024

Doohan Secures First Pole of 2023 F2 Season at Hungaroring, Defeats Martins and Vesti in Intense Qualifying Battle

Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan scored his first pole position of the 2023 FIA Formula 2 season at the Hungaroring, with an intense fight against Victor Martins, who came in second, followed by championship leader Frederik Vesti. The Australian driver set a time of 1:27.676, which was under threat by his Alpine Academy teammate but was ultimately unbeatable.

Vesti was the first to set the benchmark of 1:28.334 putting him on top for his competitors to fight for the lead. Doohan put himself behind the Dane very early into the session as Ayumu Iwasa made complaints of light rain in sector two, which sent the drivers out to get their positions before the rain hit them.

Doohan’s second place was beaten by Formula 3 champion Martins as he came behind the Dane, followed by his ART teammate Theo Pourchaire, whose lap time was deleted as he ran wide on turn 12. This put Doohan in seventh place.

The first red flag of the session was brought out by the trident of Roman Stanek with about 20 minutes left in the session as he spun into the barriers at turn 11, which brought all the cars into the pits.

Vesti still led the grid with a lap time of 1:27.767, but Martins fought for pole position, which was soon replaced by Doohan putting in the fastest lap of 1:27.676. Martins tried to get to the top, but as the chequered flag fell, his efforts were unsuccessful to outqualify Doohan, as the Australian took pole for Sunday’s feature race

Last year’s feature race winner Theo Pourchaire secured fifth place, followed by Isack Hadjar, Iwasa, 2022 Formula 3 podium sitter Oliver Bearman, The MP pair of Jehan Daruvala and Dennis Hauger, and Kush Maini as Saturday’s reverse grid pole-sitter.

The sprint race is set to start at 14:15 local time.

Pos. # Driver Team Time Laps % Gap Int
1 14 Jack DOOHAN Invicta Virtuosi Racing 1:27.676 12 100
2 6 Victor MARTINS ART Grand Prix 1:27.728 13 100.059 0.052 0.052
3 7 Frederik VESTI PREMA Racing 1:27.767 11 100.103 0.091 0.039
4 5 Theo POURCHAIRE ART Grand Prix 1:27.930 12 100.289 0.254 0.163
5 10 Isack HADJAR Hitech Pulse-Eight 1:27.987 13 100.354 0.311 0.057
6 11 Ayumu IWASA DAMS 1:28.090 13 100.472 0.414 0.103
7 8 Oliver BEARMAN PREMA Racing 1:28.101 10 100.484 0.425 0.011
8 2 Jehan DARUVALA MP Motorsport 1:28.153 14 100.544 0.477 0.052
9 1 Dennis HAUGER MP Motorsport 1:28.155 14 100.546 0.479 0.002
10 24 Kush MAINI Campos Racing 1:28.164 11 100.556 0.488 0.009
11 4 Enzo FITTIPALDI Rodin Carlin 1:28.267 13 100.674 0.591 0.103
12 22 Richard VERSCHOOR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:28.286 13 100.695 0.610 0.019
13 25 Ralph BOSCHUNG Campos Racing 1:28.316 11 100.729 0.640 0.03
14 3 Zane MALONEY Rodin Carlin 1:28.321 13 100.735 0.645 0.005
15 21 Clement NOVALAK Trident 1:28.542 13 100.987 0.866 0.221
16 23 Juan Manuel CORREA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:28.764 14 101.240 1.088 0.222
17 12 Arthur LECLERC DAMS 1:28.800 13 101.281 1.124 0.036
18 9 Jak CRAWFORD Hitech Pulse-Eight 1:28.830 13 101.316 1.154 0.03
19 16 Roy NISSANY PHM Racing by Charouz 1:29.000 14 101.510 1.324 0.17
20 15 Amaury CORDEEL Invicta Virtuosi Racing 1:29.033 13 101.547 1.357 0.033
21 17 Brad BENAVIDES PHM Racing by Charouz 1:29.328 14 101.884 1.652 0.295
22 20 Roman STANEK Trident 1:29.910 4 102.548 2.234 0.582
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