Martins Clinches Dominant Pole Position in Saudi Arabia, as Verschoor Runs into Trouble
Martins Dominates Qualifying
Formula 2 kicked off its new campaign with a sensational qualifying session in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With plenty of new faces on the grid and a unique circuit layout to navigate, there was already a sense of excitement in the air. However, it was the returning Martins who truly stole the show, en route to a dominant pole position. The ART Grand Prix driver set a blistering time of 1:42.351, which was comfortably ahead of his nearest rival.
Unfortunately for Verschoor, who was widely tipped as one of the pre-season favourites, he encountered a series of issues throughout qualifying which ultimately saw him finish down in fourteenth position. For the Dutchman, it was a hugely disappointing way to begin his year, but he’ll be hoping to bounce back strongly in the Feature Race.
Tsunoda’s Promising Debut
Elsewhere, there were plenty of encouraging signs from the debutants. Yuki Tsunoda, driving for Carlin, put in an impressive performance to finish in third place. The Japanese driver, who is a Honda protégé, will be hoping to continue his strong start and make a big impression in his first F2 campaign.
Huge Expectations on Shwartzman
One of the drivers with the most pressure on his shoulders this year, however, is Ferrari youngster Robert Shwartzman. The Russian driver is widely expected to challenge for the title after an impressive rookie season last year, and he started this campaign strongly with a fifth-place finish in qualifying. However, he’ll be hoping to make up some ground on Martins and Tsunoda in the Feature Race if he wants to keep his championship hopes alive.
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Martins stole the show in the opening F2 qualifying session of the year, securing pole position with a dominant display. Meanwhile, there were disappointments for Verschoor, who struggled for pace, and high expectations on Shwartzman, who finished fifth. Tsunoda put in a promising display on his debut, finishing in third place. #SPORT