Austrian Auer Puts Mücke Motorsport Back on Top


After a disappointing weekend for the whole Mücke Motorsport team in the opening weekend of the season at Silverstone, Austrian Lucas Auer qualified on pole position for them for the opening race of the Hockenheim FIA European Formula 3 weekend.

The nineteen-year-old set a best lap time of 1:32.387s to beat Italian Antonio Giovinazzi of the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin by 0.118s, while United Arab Emirates driver Ed Jones was third for Carlin, ahead of sixteen-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen for Van Amersfoort Racing. The top 22 drivers all set times within a second of each other.

The leading race winner from Silverstone was Esteban Ocon in fifth in the leading Prema Powerteam car, while the winner of the opening race of the season, Brit Tom Blomqvist, is set to start alongside the Frenchman on the third row. The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver set the sixth fastest time to pip Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Prema) and Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke). The leading Fortec Motorsport machine of John Bryant-Meisner, and the second Carlin entry of Jordan King rounded out the top ten.

The biggest surprise of qualifying was the form of the third race winner from Silverstone Antonio Fuoco. The Ferrari-backed youngster could only muster eighteenth on the grid, and will start alongside the only female in the field, Tatiana Calderon in the Jo Zeller/Mücke Motorsport entry, who qualified 0.050s faster in seventeenth.

Hockenheim Race 1 Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 1:32.387
2 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:32.505
3 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:32.547
4 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:32.586
5 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:32.588
6 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:32.602
7 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:32.634
8 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 1:32.688
9 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsport 1:32.708
10 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:32.740
11 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:32.786
12 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Fortec Motorsport 1:32.860
13 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec 1:32.990
14 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:33.041
15 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:33.042
16 Spike Goddard AUS T-Sport 1:33.183
17 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:33.183
18 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:33.233
19 Riccardo Agostini ITA EuroInternational 1:33.236
20 Alexander Toril ESP T-Sport 1:33.252
21 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport 1:33.278
22 Gustavo Menezes BRZ Van Amersfoort Racing 1:33.316
23 Sean Gelael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:33.496
24 Felipe Guimaraes BRZ Double R Racing 1:33.780
25 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:33.876
26 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec 1:34.022
27 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing 1:34.074