I completely overslept this morning! Anyway, championship leader Mirko Bortolotti is on pole for the F2 race this afternoon. That’s his second of the season, having taken pole in the first round at Silverstone. Second is Romanian Mihai Marinescu, which is his best of the season so far. Third is Will Bratt, who took the pole at the second Spa race and is currently fourth in the championship. In fourth is Alex Brundle, who had a rough weekend at Spa and is only sixth in the championship and 60 points behind Bortolotti.
Christopher Zanella took a disappointing seventh, while the suberb 17-year-old rookie Jordan King again managed the top 10 to start 9th. He’ll be one to watch in the future. And by the future I mean this afternoon.
In Formula Renault 3.5, pole was taken by Jean-Eric Vergne for Carlin. The French driver struggled at the last race with a retirement in the first round, and is joint second in the championship 30 points behind teammate Wickens.
Second and third are both surprises. Spaniard Sergio Canamasas is 18th in the championship, and his best finish is 8th. But he’s in P2. Russian Daniil Move is 11th in the championship with a best finish of third but mostly low finishes. He starts P3. In fourth is Brendon Hartley, fifth is Alexander Rossi, and Daniel Ricciardo – 43 points behind Wickens with 8 races to go – qualifies sixth. Can he really make up for missing out on the first race? Wickens starts 11th.