• Thursday , 19 October 2017

Qualifying 2: Felix twice in the top five

gal4Felix qualified fifth and third respectively for the final two FIA Formula 3 European Championship races of the season at Hockenheim, handing himself a couple of strong grid slots in his bid to return to the F3 podium.

The 20-minute second qualifying session - which followed only a few hours after Qualifying 1 had yielded Felix seventh on the grid for tomorrow’s Race 1 - was red-flagged with 7:19 to go after Roy Nissany ran out of track and hit the barriers on the entry to the Motodrom. Felix was sitting sixth at the time of the stoppage.

As the session restarted, drivers were left undecided on whether to go for a second new-tyre run or remain on their previous sets of Hankook slicks. Felix opted for the latter alternative, preferring to maintain the extra heat generated on his first runs over the potential better grip provided by new rubber.

The decision proved right, as he managed to improve to fifth on the final timesheets – demoting 2014 champion Esteban Ocon to sixth by one hundredth of a second.

Felix, in turn, came just another 0.01s shy of fourth-placed Jordan King.

The outright times are used to determine the grid for Saturday’s Race 2.

On the list charting second-fastest efforts, and providing the starting order for Race 3, Felix ended up third - leaving him well in the mix for the podium as the season comes to a close on Sunday. Felix out-qualified both Ocon and 2015 Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Max Verstappen on both outright and second-fastest times.

Tom Blomqvist (Carlin) scored a set of double pole positions.

The first race of the weekend takes place at 10.25 tomorrow morning (local time).

FELIX:

“A decent session for us, in which I think we got more or less what we could out of the car. I opted to stay on used tyres after the red flag – I’d noticed that it took some time for them to get up to temperature, so I figured new ones wouldn’t work – and I did manage to slightly improve my position on the final run. It was right on the limit, though; I had a big slide coming out of the final corner, and the tyres were just starting to go off.

“We have three decent grid slots for the races this weekend – seventh, fifth and third – and there’s every opportunity to challenge for the podium in each of the three races. I will make whatever it takes to return there, and to finish the season on a high.”

 

RESULTS

Fastest laps (grid for Race 2)

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:31.817
2 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:32.152 00.335
3 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:32.245 00.428
4 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 10 1:32.403 00.586
5 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:32.414 00.597
6 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 11 1:32.422 00.605
7 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 12 1:32.433 00.616
8 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 10 1:32.754 00.937
9 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:32.832 01.015
10 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:32.840 01.023
11 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 9 1:32.922 01.105
12 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:32.950 01.133
13 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 11 1:33.000 01.183
14 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 11 1:33.039 01.222
15 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 13 1:33.177 01.360
16 10 Santino Ferrucci / USA Fortec Motorsports 13 1:33.321 01.504
17 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:33.391 01.574
18 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 10 1:33.472 01.655
19 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 13 1:33.890 02.073
20 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 1:33.894 02.077
21 29 Stefano Coletti / MCO Eurointernational 10 1:34.028 02.211
22 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 11 1:34.362 02.545
23 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 11 1:34.397 02.580
24 22 Wing Chung Chang / MAC Team West-Tec F3 13 1:34.448 02.631

Second-fastest laps (grid for Race 3)

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 10 1:31.987 1:31.987
2 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:32.286 1:32.286
3 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:32.429 1:32.429
4 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:32.545 1:32.545
5 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 10 1:32.669 1:32.669
6 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 11 1:32.710 1:32.710
7 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 12 1:32.763 1:32.763
8 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:32.846 1:32.846
9 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:32.848 1:32.848
10 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:33.113 1:33.113
11 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 11 1:33.201 1:33.201
12 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 9 1:33.330 1:33.330
13 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 13 1:33.333 1:33.333
14 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 11 1:33.356 1:33.356
15 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:33.392 1:33.392
16 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 10 1:33.456 1:33.456
17 10 Santino Ferrucci / USA Fortec Motorsports 13 1:33.513 1:33.513
18 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 10 1:33.627 1:33.627
19 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 13 1:33.949 1:33.949
20 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 1:34.012 1:34.012
21 29 Stefano Coletti / MCO Eurointernational 10 1:34.088 1:34.088
22 22 Wing Chung Chang / MAC Team West-Tec F3 13 1:34.550 1:34.550
23 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 11 1:34.558 1:34.558
24 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 11 1:34.563 1:34.563

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