Artem Markelov (1m31.922s) will start Monza’s feature race from fourth on the grid determined to chase his first podium finish at ‘The Temple of Speed’ as the famous 3.6-mile Autodromo is known.
Artem was always among the front runners, just 0.04s behind practice pace setter Sergio Sette Camara and then 0.37s behind championship leader George Russell’s pole position time (1m31.546s.) Sergio Sette Camara was second quickest, ahead of Alexander Albon.
Team mate Tadasuke Makino (1m32.750s) was an impressive fourth quickest in practice but dropped to 14th in qualifying.
Artem Markelov: “I have been on the front two rows for the last three Monza GP2/F2 races and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race. I set a purple (quickest) sector time in the first part of my second qualifying run, but then made tiny mistakes at the first Lesmo and then Ascari, so it could perhaps have been even better. But I’m happy to be starting where I am and will give it everything in the race, as usual.”
Tadasuke Makino: “The practice was good but the car felt quite different on the Supersoft tyre in qualifying and I wasn’t totally comfortable with the balance. I paid the penalty because the times were very close with just 1s covering Artem in fourth place to 17th on the grid. So it’s very competitive but I will fight to score more points tomorrow.”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Monza always provides an interesting race with opportunities to overtake after the long pit straight and heavy braking into the first chicane. Let’s see if Artem can translate his second row starting position into a podium and Tada can force his way into the top 10 again after his promising pace in practice.”