Hungary F2: Leclerc breaks record for consecutive poles

Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc claimed a seventh consecutive Formula 2 pole position at the Hungaroring, topping qualifying by nearly half a second.

Hungary F2: Leclerc breaks record for consecutive poles
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam
Oliver Rowland, DAMS
Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam

Leclerc's perfect qualifying record looked under threat when the Ferrari junior's flyer, which he intended to set in the middle of the session while the rest was in the pits, was interrupted by a red flag caused by Sean Gelael, who was on the same strategy, spinning at Turn 1.

Undisturbed, Leclerc went out and immediately lowered the benchmark by nearly half a second when the session was back to green.

Soon after he set his time, a little smoke came out from behind his wheel, but the Monegasque driver continued seemingly unaffected.

As the field couldn't close the gap for the rest of the session and Leclerc didn't improve either, his 1m26.268s stood as his seventh consecutive pole time of the season.

Rowland took second, as the Briton's final flyer was ruined by a massive oversteer moment, which he impressively corrected.

Russian Time driver Artem Markelov jumped up to third with a late improvement, demoting Jordan King to fourth.

Leclerc's teammate Antonio Fuoco took fifth ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Nyck de Vries.

F2 debutant Santino Ferrucci, a Haas F1 development driver, took 11th, beating his teammate Nabil Jeffri by more than a second.

Alex Albon, who also tried to set a time in the middle of the session, was 12th, followed by Luca Ghiotto, who had the same incident as Rowland, but couldn't avoid touching the grass.

Latifi and Sergio Sette Camara, seventh and 16th respectively, are under investigation for having possibly impeded their rivals.

Qualifying results

ClaDriverTeamTimeGap
1 monaco Charles Leclerc  italy Prema Powerteam 1'26.268  
2 united_kingdom Oliver Rowland  france DAMS 1'26.731 0.463
3 russia Artem Markelov  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'26.806 0.538
4 united_kingdom Jordan King  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'26.849 0.581
5 italy Antonio Fuoco  italy Prema Powerteam 1'26.885 0.617
6 france Norman Nato  united_kingdom Arden International 1'26.968 0.700
7 canada Nicholas Latifi  france DAMS 1'26.973 0.705
8 netherlands Nyck de Vries  italy Rapax 1'27.026 0.758
9 japan Nobuharu Matsushita  france ART Grand Prix 1'27.103 0.835
10 spain Sergio Canamasas  italy Rapax 1'27.129 0.861
11 united_states Santino Ferrucci  italy Trident 1'27.139 0.871
12 thailand Alexander Albon  france ART Grand Prix 1'27.221 0.953
13 italy Luca Ghiotto  russia RUSSIAN TIME 1'27.238 0.970
14 romania Robert Visoiu  spain Campos Racing 1'27.301 1.033
15 switzerland Ralph Boschung  spain Campos Racing 1'27.339 1.071
16 brazil Sergio Sette Camara  netherlands MP Motorsport 1'27.492 1.224
17 switzerland Louis Deletraz  spain Racing Engineering 1'27.582 1.314
18 sweden Gustav Malja  spain Racing Engineering 1'27.804 1.536
19 malaysia Nabil Jeffri  italy Trident 1'28.248 1.980
20 indonesia Sean Gelael  united_kingdom Arden International 1'46.783 20.515
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