Tadasuke Makino (1m28.620s) turned in an impressive performance to qualify seventh for just his third F2 start at Circuit de Catalunya, with a time that was only a quarter of a second away from a place on the front row of the Barcelona grid.
Team mate Artem Markelov (1m29.585s), meanwhile, had another frustrating qualifying Friday. Starting 19th he faces a tough feature race on a track at which overtaking is never easy. Markelov ran wide at the fast, uphill Turn 9 on his first run, in a car he found unbalanced and was never happy with.
Pole position (1:28.142) was claimed by Alexander Albon, ahead of Nyck De Vries and former Russian Time driver Luca Ghiotto.
Tadasuke Makino: «The car fely good from the start of practice and in qualifying I could have been even quicker if I had not been blocked briefly on my best lap. But seventh is not a bad place to lauch a bid for strong points tomorrow.»
Artem Markelov: «I never felt at one with the car from the beginning of the day and I was struggling particularly in the first sector of the lap. I will do my best in the race as always, but overtaking can be particularly dhallenging in Barcelona.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Congratulations to Tadasuke on a great qualifying performance that could have been even stronger if he had had a clear lap. He can have a strong race from P7. Once again Artem has had a problematic Friday and we will strip the car overnight, go through it with a fine-tooth comb and try to get to the root of the problem. He is faced with producing another of his trademark races.”