Formula 2: Charles Leclerc stripped of record-breaking seventh pole

Championship leader Leclerc will start from the back of the Feature Race on Saturday as his Prema Car failed post-qualifying scruntineering checks. Oliver Rowland inherits Pole, with Artem Markelov joining him on the front-row.

Formula 2: Charles Leclerc stripped of record-breaking seventh pole
Leclerc has been stripped of his record-breaking seventh pole | Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images

Charles Leclerc has been disqualified from Qualifying for the Formula 2 Feature Race at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and has lost his record seventh consecutive pole position as a result.

19-year-old Prema Powerteam racer Leclerc had qualified on pole by 0.463s from Oliver Rowland, but in scrutineering after the session, "it was discovered that his car used shims in the differential which did not comply with the material requirements laid out in the Dallara User Manual."

As he breached Article 9.2 of the F2 Technical Regulations, "the stewards had no choice but to disqualify" the runaway championship leader. 

Speaking to Autosport, Ferrari Academy driver Leclerc said: "To be honest, I don't really mind, I'm actually quite happy to start last. 

"Budapest is not the easiest track (to overtake), but I will give my best."

The decision to strip Leclerc of his seventh consecutive pole means that Saturday's race will be the first one which the Monegasque driver will not have started from pole since the series was rebranded as Formula 2 from GP2 during the off-season of 2016/2017. 

It means that McLaren Formula 1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne and Leclerc remain equal on six consecutive poles.

Britain's Rowland, who is a Renault junior driver will inherit his first Pole Position in F2 and the four bonus points which are awarded for it. 

Camara also penalised

Leclerc was not the only driver to be given a penalty, as Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara was handed a three place penalty by the stewards after he was adjudged to have impeded Rowland's DAMS team-mate Nicholas Latifi during the 30-minute qualifying session.  

Formula 2 Hungary Feature Race - Revised Starting Grid

Position Driver Team
POLE Oliver Rowland DAMS
2nd  Artem Markelov Russian Time
3rd Jordan King MP Motorsport
4th Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam
5th Norman Nato Pertamina Arden
6th Nicholas Latifi DAMS
7th Nyck de Vries Rapax
8th Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix
9th Sergio Canamasas Rapax
10th Santino Ferrucci Trident
11th Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix
12th Luca Ghiotto Russian Time
13th Robert Visoiu Campos Racing
14th Ralph Boschung Campos Racing
15th Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering
16th Gustav Malja Racing Engineering
17th Nabil Jeffri Trident
18th

Sergio Sette Camara

* Three place Grid penalty applied for impeding Nicholas Latifi

MP Motorsport
19th

Charles Leclerc 

*Disqualified from qualifying after car failed post-session scrutineering checks. 

Prema Powerteam
20th

Sean Gelael

*No Time Set in Qualifying, will need to apply to the stewards for permission to race. 

Pertamina Arden

 


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