Liam Lawson excels in Baku to take maiden pole ahead of Juri Vips
Liam Lawson has taken pole in Azerbaijan beating his fellow Hitech GP teammate Juri Vips by 0.138s.
Lawson set a time of 1:54:217 in the second run around the streets of Baku and will start from the front of the grid in the Feature race on pole.
Vips Lost over four-tenths in the middle sector on Lawson’s time and will undoubtedly be frustrated after setting the fastest time in this mornings Practice session.
Meanwhile, Robert Schwartzman will start from pole position in tomorrows reverse grid sprint race after clinching P10 in the last run of the session.
The conditions were warmer than in this morning’s practice session, with track temperatures as high as 52°C and the drivers took two warmup laps to get the tyres to temperature.
Oscar Piastri had a session characteristic of his performance this season,qualifying P3 ahead of Monaco’s feature race winner, Theo Pourchaire.
Pourchaire had a positive first run, setting fastest laps from the offset, but failed to match the pace of the two High Tech GP drivers in front as the track developed in the closing minutes of the session.
Dan Ticktum also had a positive first run and made a solid attempt at keeping himself in the top five as the lap times got faster, Ticktum opted to get out near the front of the pack in the second run in the hopes to avoid traffic.
Marcus Armstrong had a positive qualifying session after a difficult weekend in Monaco. The Ferrari Driver academy junior took P6 and matched the pace of Ticktum in front.
Guanyu Zhou ran out of sequence in both runs, getting himself into the top ten, to qualify P8 and will start from P3 in the first sprint race.
Christian Lundgaard had a good first run putting himself in P3 but lost out in the second run to qualify P12.
Marino Sato Qualified P19 but will receive a three-place grid penalty from the stewards at the first sprint race for an incident during practice this morning. In addition, the Japanese driver will receive two penalty points.
Roy Nissany did not qualify after hitting the wall at high speed at turn 14 at the end of Free Practice, the team were not able to have his car ready for the qualifying session.
The first race of the weekend is at 11:25am on Saturday morning (Local Time).