Lawson to start 12th in Monaco, Armstrong 14th

Théo Pourchaire will start his first ever Feature Race in Monte Carlo from the front of the grid. The 17-year-old putting on a magnificent drive in Qualifying to become the second tier’s youngest ever polesitter, beating Robert Shwartzman by nearly half a second. Kiwi drivers’ Liam Lawson and Marcus Armstrong will start from 12th and 14th respectively.

As is standard for Monte Carlo, qualifying was split into two groups of 16 minutes each, with Group A made up of even-numbered cars.

A ballot is draw to see which group will go first (Group A). Whoever sets fastest time, the remainder of their group start on odd-numbered grid spots (3,5,7,9,11 etc) while the other group (Group B) start on even-numbered grid spots (2,4,6,8,10,12 etc). Pourchaire, from Group A, set the fastest time.

Labelling Monaco as a home race ahead of the weekend, Pourchaire said he only lives around 45 minutes from the historic street circuit, but had never actually raced there before. Not that you’d have known, the Frenchman beating Oscar Piastri – who will start P3 – by 0.458s with a time of 1:20.985 in Group A.

Despite knowledge of the time to beat, and slightly greater track evolution, Shwartzman wasn’t able to better the ART Grand Prix driver’s time in the second group. Finishing first ahead of Dan Ticktum, the PREMA driver was still 0.418s off Pourchaire and will start from second.

With the results aggregated, Pourchaire will start the Feature Race from pole, flanked by Shwartzman. Piastri will line up in third, ahead of Ticktum. Vips will start from fifth, with Boschung sixth, Nissany seventh and Lundgaard eighth. Drugovich and Zhou complete the top 10.

Finishing 10th overall, Zhou will start from reverse grid pole in Sprint Race 1 on Friday at 11.45am local time.

Group A results:

Class, Driver, Team, Time
1 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1’20.985
2 Oscar Piastri Prema Powerteam 1’21.443
3 Jüri Vips HitechGP 1’21.523
4 Roy Nissany DAMS 1’22.102
5 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1’22.131
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1’22.244
7 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1’22.585
8 Bent Viscaal Trident 1’22.827
9 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1’22.933
10 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1’23.344
11 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 1’23.353

Group B results:

Class, Driver, Team, Time
1 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 1’21.403
2 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1’21.589
3 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1’21.854
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1’21.877
5 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1’21.912
6 Liam Lawson HitechGP 1’21.941
7 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1’22.168
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1’22.758
9 Marino Sato Trident 1’24.091
10 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1’24.302
11 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1’27.744

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