• Saturday , 23 September 2017

Qualifying 2: improvement in Styria

Q2The second qualifying session of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring marked an up-turn in form for Felix and Mücke Motorsport, as they out-qualified championship leader Esteban Ocon as well as overall runner-up Max Verstappen at the Austrian Grand Prix circuit.

Coming off the back of his fourth-place finish in this morning’s Race 1, Felix headed into second qualifying eager to keep up momentum, and duly set about throwing in the laps as the session got underway.

After an early red-flag stoppage, brought about when Hector Hurst parked his West-Tec machine with engine problems on the start/finish straight, the fastest laps were all set in the closing stages, with Felix eventually ending up fifth on the outright charts used to determine the Race 2 grid, out-pacing Ocon and Verstappen by the odd tenth of a second.

On the list covering second-fastest times, however, which forms the basis for tomorrow’s Race 3 grid, Felix had to make do with eighth after getting stuck in traffic on a lap which would otherwise almost certainly have been enough for another top five effort.

Carlin’s Antonio Giovinazzi swept to a set of double pole positions, ahead of team-mate Tom Blomqvist as the British outfit continued to enjoy a strong weekend. Felix wound up 0.366s shy of Giovinazzi’s outright benchmark, slicing half of the deficit of yesterday (six tenths) to P1 in qualifying.

FELIX:

“That was a positive session. We made some small adjustments to the car beforehand, and they seemed to work quite well. Better still, I felt there was actually a bit more in it, and I could probably have found another tenth or two with a perfect run. I only really got one proper lap in, which is why we’re a little bit further down the list for Race 3, but I’m reasonably happy and I think we’re better placed for the races tomorrow than we were for Race 1 earlier today.”

RESULTS

Grid for Race 2 (outright times)

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 12 1:24.748
2 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 13 1:25.036 00.288
3 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.042 00.294
4 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 14 1:25.090 00.342
5 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.114 00.366
6 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 14 1:25.199 00.451
7 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 14 1:25.212 00.464
8 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 13 1:25.298 00.550
9 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 13 1:25.368 00.620
10 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 13 1:25.512 00.764
11 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.534 00.786
12 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 14 1:25.557 00.809
13 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 12 1:25.592 00.844
14 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.595 00.847
15 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 13 1:25.613 00.865
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.624 00.876
17 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 13 1:25.624 00.876
18 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 1:25.874 01.126
19 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 14 1:26.025 01.277
20 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 14 1:26.173 01.425
21 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 12 1:26.477 01.729
22 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 13 1:26.497 01.749
23 9 Alfonso Celis / MEX Fortec Motorsports 15 1:26.740 01.992
24 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 14 1:26.851 02.103
25 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 13 1:27.508 02.760
26 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 6 1:28.797 04.049

Grid for Race 3 (second-fastest times)

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 12 1:24.773 1:24.773
2 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 13 1:25.102 1:25.102
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 14 1:25.166 1:25.166
4 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 14 1:25.203 1:25.203
5 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.312 1:25.312
6 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 14 1:25.385 1:25.385
7 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 13 1:25.416 1:25.416
8 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.462 1:25.462
9 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 13 1:25.517 1:25.517
10 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 13 1:25.595 1:25.595
11 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.627 1:25.627
12 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 14 1:25.631 1:25.631
13 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.722 1:25.722
14 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 12 1:25.844 1:25.844
15 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 13 1:25.854 1:25.854
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.877 1:25.877
17 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 13 1:25.884 1:25.884
18 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 14 1:26.229 1:26.229
19 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 14 1:26.229 1:26.229
20 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 1:26.300 1:26.300
21 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 12 1:26.503 1:26.503
22 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 13 1:26.636 1:26.636
23 9 Alfonso Celis / MEX Fortec Motorsports 15 1:26.794 1:26.794
24 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 14 1:27.066 1:27.066
25 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 13 1:27.619 1:27.619
26 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 6 1:30.546 1:30.546

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