• Monday , 20 November 2017

Qualifying 1: Ultra-close at Hockenheim

gal12Felix will start tomorrow’s opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at Hockenheim from eighth on the grid, having fallen just one tenth short of third in an ultra-close qualifying session on Friday evening.

With a full 22 (!) cars ending up within one second, the competitiveness of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship once again left the paddock thrilled as times tumbled and positions changed throughout the course of the 20-minute session.

As the chequered flag fell to bring proceedings to a close, Felix found himself in eighth – although a mere one tenth of a second would have been enough to promote him onto the second row of the grid.

Pole position, meanwhile, went to Mücke Motorsport team-mate Lucas Auer, who produced a near-perfect lap to cement the Berlin squad’s return to form following the torrid outcome of the Silverstone season-opener. The Austrian ended up 0.301s ahead of Felix, whose main deficit came from a lack of confidence in Sector 1.

Race 1 gets underway at lunchtime tomorrow, with second qualifying – which sets up the grid for Races 2 and 3 - then taking centre stage later in the afternoon.

FELIX:

“First of all, big congrats to Lucas. He did the better job today, and that’s the difference between our positions on the grid. The car felt good and the team deserves credit for having turned our situation around so quickly. It was a very close session, and it definitely feels a little sour to start eighth when we were literally the blink of an eye from the front row.

“I need to find some time in the fast corners – particularly Turn 1, where I was lacking confidence today. It wasn’t helped when I was given a warning early on for exceeding track limits, which inevitably made me hold back a little too much throughout the rest of the session. It’s down to me to do a better job tomorrow, and the target has got to be to make up some ground in the first race.”

 

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 9 1:32.387
2 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:32.505 00.118
3 6 Edward Jones / Carlin 10 1:32.547 00.160
4 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:32.586 00.199
5 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 10 1:32.588 00.201
6 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:32.602 00.215
7 1 Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam 10 1:32.634 00.247
8 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 9 1:32.688 00.301
9 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 10 1:32.708 00.321
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 10 1:32.740 00.353
11 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 10 1:32.786 00.399
12 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 11 1:32.860 00.473
13 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 10 1:32.990 00.603
14 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:33.041 00.654
15 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 10 1:33.042 00.655
16 11 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 13 1:33.183 00.796
17 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 10 1:33.183 00.796
18 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 10 1:33.233 00.846
19 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 10 1:33.236 00.849
20 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 13 1:33.252 00.865
21 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 7 1:33.278 00.891
22 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:33.316 00.929
23 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:33.496 01.109
24 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 9 1:33.780 01.393
25 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 12 1:33.876 01.489
26 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 9 1:34.022 01.635
27 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 11 1:34.074 01.687

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