BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 10: Juri Vips of Estonia and Hitech Grand Prix (8) drives on track during practice ahead of Round 6:Baku of the Formula 2 Championship at Baku City Circuit on June 10, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Juri Vips takes pole in Baku

After taking his maiden F2 win Baku last year Vips qualifies on pole in 2022.

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Juri Vips takes pole position setting a 1:53.762 with Liam Lawson following closely behind in P2 with a 1:53.762. Dennis Hauger takes P3 after setting a 1:53.973.

Jake Hughes took to the track first getting qualifying underway around the very windy streets of Azerbaijan.

Ayumu Iwasa set the benchmark representative time with a 1:54.483.  Dennis Hauger followed in P2 with a 1:55.166 and Championship leader Felipe Drugovich in third with a 1:55.251.

Theo Pourchaire takes P4 with a 1:55.948 but is quickly displaced by Liam Lawson who set a 1:55.947.

As the track beds in Jehan Daruvala claims P2 with a 1:54.655 however is quickly displaced as Marcus Armstrong sets a 1:54.487.

Drugovich improves to a 1:54.554 but stays in P3 Lawson follows in P4 setting a 1:54.605.

Ralph Boschung brings out the yellow flags after going off at Turn Three but manages to keep the car going and returns to the track.

With 15 minutes remaining the cars started to make their way into the pits for the first break. Despite what we have seen previously in the season no driver choose to utilise the gap in track running.

With just under 12 minutes left on the clock, the grid starts to peel out of the pitlane for their second run of flying laps.

With 5 minutes remaining the provisional pole sitter Iwasa brings out the red flags after hitting the wall at the exit of Turn Four.

Racing Resumes

As racing resumes Hauger is noted for an unsafe pit release which will be investigated after the session.

With the track conditions ever-improving the pace of the grid increases with Hauger taking provisional pole with a 1:53.973.

Hauger was quickly displaced by Juri Vips setting an incredible lap and putting himself on provisional pole with a 1:53.762.

In the mid-field, a flurry of times were being set however Richard Verschoor took the fastest time claiming P6 with a 1:54.029.

As the chequered flag is waved the grid remained very much as it was apart from Liam Lawson. Lawson on a flying lap crossed the line with a 1:53.925 taking P2 and lining up beside former teammate Juri Vips on Sunday’s Feature Race.

Championship leader Drugovich was unable to improve, qualifying P5 with a 1:54.000. Further down his championship rival Theo Pourchaire didn’t have the qualifying run he would have hoped for, crossing the line in P12 with a 1:54.440.

Qualifying Classification

1st- Vips

2nd- Lawson

3rd- Hauger

4th- Armstrong

5th- Drugovich

6th- Verschoor

7th- Sargeant

8th- Daruvala

9th- Vesti

10th Hughes

Formula 2 returns tomorrow for the Sprint Race. 

Head Image Credit: Getty Images.

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