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Leclerc Hits Rivals for Six in Silverstone

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Monegasque continues his perfect qualifying run  
 
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
 
 
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