F2 qualifying kicked off at 18:30 local time. In what was only a 30-minute session, a number of riders immediately appeared on the track. The first heat, with fast times, appeared to be led by Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung, but he saw that honor go to Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jack Hughes. And while Hughes set his best time, Theo Pourchaire, who had already had a bad fall in practice, had to park his car on fire next to the track. This meant a red flag.
After the car was removed and the powder wiped off the fire extinguishers, F2 qualifying resumed. However, this did not last long. A falling Williams junior Logan Sargeant became the cause of the second code red shortly after Boschung set purple sector times. The Swiss had to abandon his lap and pay later because his set of tires lost traction. The session resumed with twelve minutes left on the clock.
Ayumu Iwasa took time from Hughes after the stoppage, although Marcus Armstrong went down immediately. Boschung took his place behind the Hitech Racing driver, who was severely hampered by the second code red. Meanwhile, Liam Lawson finished in P3 while Richard Verschoor finished seventh. Another red flag was shown shortly after the Dutchman had set his time. The reason for this was unclear. The medical car spun around but eventually encountered nothing. It started again five minutes before the end. But like many other drivers, Boschung left it at that and got out.
Drugovich was unleashed in Jeddah
And as Boschung prepared for the debrief, Drugovich took a large chunk of Armstrong’s fastest time and eventually secured pole position. Verschoor was relegated to tenth place but green sector times gave him a good second time. The Trident rider was two tenths off the Brazilian polesitter’s 1.40.422. Jack Doohan finished P3 in the closing stages, relegating Armstrong and Boschung to fourth and fifth. Lawson, Iwasa, Calan Williams, Juri Vips and Hughes completed the top ten.
For Van Amersfoort, Hughes’ tenth time means a pole position for Saturday’s F2 sprint race. Verschoor will start this race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia from ninth place. The sprint race starts at 1:30 p.m. Dutch time on Saturday afternoon. The main race on Sunday starts at 15:55 Dutch time.