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Lawson takes F2 Feature Race pole in Monaco

Liam Lawson #5 Carlin, during round 3 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy on April 22 – 24, 2022. // Dutch Photo Agency / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202204230616 // Usage for editorial use only //

Liam Lawson was the quickest driver in Formula 2 qualifying session in Monaco, though he is currently under investigation.

Formula 2 qualifying format in Monaco is different from the one at other venues. Drivers are divided into two groups. Each group will be on a different side of the starting grid in both races. A driver who sets the quickest lap of the whole qualifying takes the pole position, setting the pattern of the grid.

Group A consisted of drivers with odd car numbers. There were no competitive lap times for the majority of the session.

Later on, championship leader Felipe Drugovich topped the standings with 5.5 minutes left. He was followed by Ralph Boschung and Marcus Armstrong. The MP Motorsport driver eventually improved his lap time by almost half a second.

Drugovich was on the verge of setting an even better lap time. However, the Brazilian hit the wall at the last turn and damaged the car. Meanwhile, Liam Lawson and Ayumu Iwasa managed to beat Drugovich’s time. However, it happened under yellow flags in sectors 1 and 3. Those episodes would be investigated by the stewards.

Drivers with even car numbers took part in the Group B session. Clement Novalak was in the lead. Several minutes later, Logan Sargeant went quicker than Novalak. Sargeant did not stay at the top of the standings for long as Roy Nissany set the new fastest lap as results kept improving.

Jake Hughes had a big crash in the Swimming Pool section. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver got out of the cockpit by himself. The session was red-flagged and not resumed. Theo Pourchaire was leading at that moment. However, his lap time was worse than Lawson’s which meant that the Carlin driver got the Feature Race pole position, though the situation might change because of the investigation. Hughes got the Sprint Race pole.

The top 10 of Formula 2 qualifying in Monaco:

1Liam LawsonCarlin
2Theo PourchaireART GP
3Ayumu IwasaDAMS
4Juri VipsHitech GP
5Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport
6Enzo FittipaldiCharouz Racing System
7Jack DoohanVirtuosi Racing
8Jehan DaruvalaPREMA Racing
9Marcus ArmstrongHitech GP
10Jake HughesVan Amersfoort Racing
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