Russian Time’s Japanese rookie driver Tadasuke Makino impressed once more with a top 10 qualifying position as the F2 field has its second race in a France-Austria-UK triple-header.
After setting 12th quickest time in practice, Makino found almost eight tenths of a second to set a qualifying time (1m14.201s) that was 0.66s behind George Russell’s pole position mark and only 0.38s behind Sergio Sette Camara’s third place time.
Team mate and series front-runner Artem Markelov had another problematic qualifying session, suffering a repeat of the power delivery issues that spoiled his race weekend in Paul Ricard a week ago. That translated into 18th place on tomorrow’s Feature race grid and, providing a solution can be found, he faces a difficult race tomorrow. Hopefully his task will be eased by a third DRS zone at the Red Bull Ring, which should aid overtaking.
Tadasuke Makino: «It’s quite a challenging track, with downhill braking zones, off-camber turns, elevation changes and some quite aggressive kerbs, so you need to be precise. There may not be many corners but it’s quite technical and I’m pleased to have qualified in a position that should allow me to fight for good points in the race.”
Artem Markelov: “That did not go to plan. The throttle response was not what it should have been from Turn 7. There was a delay in the power coming in and that caused me to run wide on my final run. Last year I finished eighth in the Feature race and then managed to win the Sprint race from the reverse-grid pole, so that would be a decent target again from where I have qualified.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Congratulations to Tadasuke on another top 10 qualifying performance at a track which is not easy to get right.
Artem’s throttle response problems cost him dear. He will be looking to come through the field on a track where, thankfully, overtaking should be possible.”