F2: Zhou On Pole In Austria

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Renault Test driver Guanyu Zhou takes his second career F2 Pole Position round the Red Bull Ring for tomorrow’s Feature Race.

Zhou dominated the session and the set the pace early on his run of his first set of tyres which nobody could beat.

His first lap was nearly two and a half tenths quicker than everyone else and lapped a three tenths quicker to take Pole by over four a half tenths on his final run.

The Uni-Virtuosi driver enjoyed a stellar year in his rookie season.

He took five podium finishes on his way to 7th overall – making him the highest placed rookie.

He is expected to be a serious title contender and today proved it.

The second half of the session was halted by a Red Flag caused by Trident’s Marino Sato who spun into the gravel on the exit of Turn 4.

It was the second time today that Sato had found himself in the gravel as he did so the early Free Practice session.

On his final run, Nikita Mazepin for new team Hitech, went off at Turn 6 and this prevented many drivers behind him from their times.

The biggest surprise of the session was Felipe Drugovich who will line-up alongside Zhou for tomorrow’s race.

The rookie making his F2 debut bet the second Uni-Virtuosi of Callum Ilott by four milliseconds to second on the grid.

ART’s Christian Lungaard will start an impressive fourth on debut with the Dane just ahead of Prema’s Mick Schumacher.

Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala ran as high as second throughout the session but will start in 6th alongside Schumacher.

His team-mate, Yuki Tsunoda, will start in 12th.

After excelling in the Free Practice session in the morning, Red Bull Junior driver Tsunoda, ran as high as 5th but will line-up in 12th.

F2 veteran Luca Ghiotto will line-up in seventh for Hitech and he’ll start just ahead of the FIA F3 champion, Prema’s Robert Shwartzman.

Dan Ticktum will start from 9th for DAMs with Louis Deletraz completing the top ten for Charouz Racing System.

Drugovich’s team-mate, Nobuharu Matsushita struggled and will start from 21st. Not the start he wanted to his campaign.