Aussie Oscar Piastri has won pole position for the third consecutive year in the Formula Two Championship at Sochi Autodrom.
Piastri will start at the forefront of the feature race in Russia on Sunday, laying the perfect foundation for 20-year-olds to improve their point lead.
Prema Racing drivers denounced Yuandalbara in the spotlight by soaring to the front on the final lap of the session, scoring a lap of 1’47.465 seconds.
Carlin driver Dalbara sits in front of Piastri, qualifying only 0.188 seconds late.
Piastri’s Chinese championship rival Guanyu Zhou threatened to steal the front row spot, but was overtaken by ART Grand Prix team Theo Prussia and had to settle in fourth.
Ralph Boschang showed sufficient confidence and pace throughout the session, resulting in a spot in the top five qualifiers.
Jake Hughes will start in 6th place after his first outing in Monza was disappointing.
Piastri’s Prema Teammate Robert Shwartzman was the seventh fastest after Kiwi Liam Lawson.
Juri Vips and Dan Tictam closed the top ten, all 0.706 seconds behind.
Then, with the reverse grid format, Tictam starts the first race from the pole.
Just outside the top ten was Marcus Armstrong, and Kiwi was ashamed to take his place in 0.019 seconds.
Christian Lungard passed the qualifying in 12th place ahead of Felipe Dragovic and David Beckman.
The Dutch pair Richard Felshua and Bent Viscaal finished 15th and 16th on the MP Motorsport and Trident grids, respectively.
Lirim Zendeli, Roy Nissany, Gierme Samia and Manri Sato need to finish the spot and start back to 20th place.
Enzo Fittipaldi and Alessio Deledda will occupy the back row of the grid after passing the 21st and 22nd qualifying rounds.
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