Abu Dhabi F2: Sette Camara tops final qualifying of 2019

Abu Dhabi F2: Sette Camara tops final qualifying of 2019


McLaren Formula 1 junior Sergio Sette Camara scored pole position at Abu Dhabi, as a number of his Formula 2 rivals were robbed of improvements by a late yellow flag.

DAMS driver Sette Camara had topped the practice session – a whopping seven hours before qualifying started owing to the series bookending the day – and delivered a storming final sector within the last two minutes of the latter session.

Sean Gelael’s spin between the final two turns brought out the late yellows as he stalled in the pit entrance. 

Callum Ilott and Louis Deletraz make up the top three after they both set session-topping sectors during their last laps. 

Sauber Junior Team driver Ilott – who will move to Virtuosi Racing next season – had been the quickest of the runners at the mid-session break where most drivers pause to debrief and take fresh tyres. 

Deletraz – who Motorsport.com understands will test with the Sauber Junior Team next week – beat Carlin teammate Nobuharu Matsushita, who ensured the British team occupies the second row.

Guan Yu Zhou of Virtuosi Racing sealed the top five, but it is uncertain as to whether the yellow flags were already out for Gelael in the final sector when Zhou improved his lap. 

The series’ 2019 champion Nyck de Vries went out of sync with most of his rivals as he elected not to go out early and instead run in the middle of the session with a quiet track. The Mercedes Formula E driver – who has also driven an LMP2 car since his last outing in F2 – could only manage sixth on the grid.

Second in the championship and with a freshly-signed Williams F1 contract in his back pocket, Nicholas Latifi headed a flurry of drivers in seventh unable to improve due to Gelael’s stall. 

He does, however, have the advantage of starting four spots ahead of his closest rival for second in the standings, Luca Ghiotto, the Virtuosi driver failing to bag a representative first lap and paying the price for it due to the yellow flags.

Behind Latifi, Jack Aitken took eighth for Campos, ahead of de Vries’s ART teammate Nikita Mazepin and Prema Racing’s Mick Schumacher, the Ferrari junior driver rounding out the top 10.

In his first F2 qualifying, Renault junior Christian Lundgaard took 18th for Trident, the Dane stepping up from ART Grand Prix in FIA Formula 3.

Qualifying results

15 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS10 1’49.751  
211 Callum Ilott Charouz Racing System10 1’49.840 0.089
31 Louis Deletraz Carlin9 1’49.931 0.180
42 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin10 1’50.157 0.406
57 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi9 1’50.190 0.439
64 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix8 1’50.288 0.537
76 Nicholas Latifi DAMS9 1’50.303 0.552
815 Jack Aitken Campos Racing8 1’50.520 0.769
93 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix5 1’50.618 0.867
109 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam7 1’50.652 0.901
118 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi10 1’50.858 1.107
1220 Giuliano Alesi Trident10 1’50.920 1.169
1316 Jordan King MP Motorsport10 1’51.174 1.423
1422 Artem Markelov Arden International10 1’51.412 1.661
1512 Matevos Isaakyan Charouz Racing System10 1’51.522 1.771
1614 Marino Sato Campos Racing10 1’51.829 2.078
1710 Sean Gelael Prema Powerteam8 1’51.884 2.133
1821 Christian Lundgaard Trident10 1’52.140 2.389
1918 Tatiana Calderon Arden International10 1’52.412 2.661
2017 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport6 1’53.363 3.612

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