May 7, 2021

Herta pips Harvey to IndyCar pole, Power 20th


In the round-up: Colton Herta will start the second round of the IndyCar season today from pole position.

In brief

Herta and Harvey claim IndyCar front row

Colton Herta secured the fifth pole position of his IndyCar career in St Petersburg, coming within four-tenths of a second setting a sub-minute time around the 2.89-kilometre street course. The Andretti driver will be joined on the front row by Meyer Shank’s Jack Harvey, who equalled his best starting position in IndyCar.

A pair of champions will line up behind them: Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud. But one of the shocks of the session saw their team mate Will Power, who was aiming for his 10th pole position at the track, eliminated in the first round. The runner-up last weekend will line up 20th.

Sebastien Bourdais will start fifth ahead of Barber pole-winner Pato O’Ward. Unlike the other five drivers in the Fast Six, the McLaren SP racer opted for the black ‘primary’ tyres instead of softer red ‘alternates’.

Barber race winner Alex Palou took 10th on the grid, two places behind team mate Scott Dixon. Among the rookie contingent Scott McLaughlin starts 14th, Romain Grosjean 18th and Jimmie Johnson 23rd of the 24 cars.

Verschoor on top in F2 test

Richard Verschoor, who started the 2021 Formula 2 season on a temporary basis with the MP team, led the times on the second of three days of testing at Circuit de Catalunya. His best time of 1’28.280 put him almost two-tenths of a second ahead of the Campos of Ralph Roschung.

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