Due to the narrow track, the Formula 2 drivers are always divided into two groups in qualifying in Monaco to avoid chaos. First up was Group A. Amaury Cordeel set the fastest time for Van Amersfoort with a 1.23.693, but the majority of the first group only really got through after eight minutes. MP Motorsport driver Felipe Drugovich took a big chunk of that time, posting a 1.21.795. Behind the Brazilian was the penny change where positions changed quickly. The only one who managed to go faster than the best time was the Brazilian himself.
On his very last attempt, Drugovich set a purple second sector time and looked set to improve further until he crashed into the wall on the exit of the last corner and had to retire immediately. Incidentally, Drugovich was far from the only one who hit the guardrail. At the yellow flags, Liam Lawson did under Drugovich’s time with a 1.21.229 and so did Ayumu Iwasa. He set a time that was 0.059 seconds slower. For a while it was questionable whether they would lose the times, but the race control did not come up with such a message.
After sixteen minutes of qualifying it was the turn of Group B, who may have benefited from the rubber already laid by the top ten F2 drivers. Logan Sargeant came closest to Lawson’s time with his 1:22,230. Yuri Vips came to P2. In the end, Roy Nissany beat Group B’s best time with a 1:22:178 before Jehan Daruvala went faster despite hitting the wall. Times changed quickly at the front, with Enzo Fittipaldi soon after with a 1.21.719 as best time. VIPs still dived a tenth below. Theo Pourchaire showed things could be a little quicker, setting the fastest time just before Van Amersfoort driver Jake Hughes shot hard at the pool. The subsequent red flag immediately marked the end of the session. Due to an unknown issue, Richard Verschoor played no significant part and was more than eight seconds slower.
Carlin driver Lawson’s time in the first group proved to be the quickest and he started the F2 feature race from pole position followed by Pourchaire and Iwasa. Hughes will start Saturday’s F2 sprint race first, behind Marcus Armstrong and Daruvala.