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Vips takes F2 Feature Race pole in Baku

Juri Vips #8 Hitech, during round 5 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco, on May 26 – 29, 2022. // Dutch Photo Agency / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202205270233 // Usage for editorial use only //

Juri Vips has been the quickest driver in Formula 2 qualifying at the Baku City Circuit.

The starting grids for this weekend’s Formula 2 races in Baku were formed on Friday afternoon.

All drivers went to the track at the start of the session for their first runs. Ayumu Iwasa was in the lead early on after setting a lap time almost seven-tenths quicker than Dennis Hauger’s, who was second. Later on, Hauger’s lap time was beaten by several drivers.

Ralph Boschung went off the track in sector 1, forcing yellow flags. He did not damage his car, but failed to complete a flying lap.

The majority of the field left the pit lane with over 11 minutes to go to have another attempt.

Misfortune struck Iwasa – the leader hit the wall and damaged his car severely. Qualifying was over for him and the session was red-flagged with less than 6 minutes left.

After Iwasa’s car was removed from the race track, the session was resumed.

Lap times were improving and the situation in the standings was constantly changing. Juri Vips went on to set the quickest lap time of the session and take the Feature Race pole position. Liam Lawson was second, while Hauger was in P3.

Jake Hughes finished the session 10th and took the Sprint Race pole position.

The top 10 of Formula 2 qualifying in Azerbaijan:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1Juri VipsHitech GP1:53.762
2Liam LawsonCarlin+0.163
3Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing+0.211
4Marcus ArmstrongHitech GP+0.215
5Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport+0.238
6Richard VerschoorTrident+0.267
7Logan SargeantCarlin+0.432
8Jehan DaruvalaPREMA Racing+0.439
9Frederik VestiART GP+0.485
10Jake HughesVan Amersfoort Racing+0.594
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