Verstappen unbeatable in second Imola Qualifying


Max Verstappen was on stunning form in the second qualifying session of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekend at Imola as he set the best time for both races two and three.

Unfortunately for the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing driver, he will fall to eleventh for race two as he takes his final ten place penalty for the engine change in Germany, with Tom Blomqvist inheriting top spot for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

Esteban Ocon, who has a chance of taking the title on Sunday, will start race two from the front row for Prema Powerteam, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and Antonio Fuoco of Prema Powerteam.

William Buller showed good pace on Signature’s return to European Formula 3 and will start fifth ahead of Nicholas Latifi in the third Prema Powerteam entry.

Jake Dennis was seventh for Carlin ahead of Roy Nissany, who was the leading Mücke Motorsport driver in eighth ahead of team-mate Lucas Auer in ninth. Nick Cassidy marked his return to the series by qualifying eleventh for ThreeBond with T-Sport but will start tenth after Verstappen’s penalty.

Verstappen will start race three from pole position ahead of Ocon, with Fuoco and Blomqvist on row two. Buller and Latifi will once again share row three ahead of Felix Serralles of Team West-Tec F3, who got ahead of Carlin duo Dennis and Jordan King, while Giovinazzi will start down in tenth.

Imola Race 2 Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.125
2 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:37.155
3 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.196
4 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:37.221
5 William Buller GBR Signature 1:37.312
6 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:37.318
7 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:37.388
8 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport 1:37.625
9 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 1:37.666
10 Nick Cassidy NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:37.668
11* Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.816
12 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 1:37.681
13 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:37.781
14 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:37.886
15 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.939
16 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 1:37.971
17 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:38.181
18 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:38.188
19 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:38.235
20 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:38.293
21 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:38.300
22 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:38.327
23 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:38.430
24 Sergio Sette Camara BRZ EuroInternational 1:38.571
25 Santino Ferrucci USA Fortec Motorsports 1:38.819
26 Martin Cao CHN Fortec Motorsports 1:39.235
27 Andy Chang CHN Team West-Tec F3 1:39.493

Imola Race 3 Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:37.106
2 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:37.303
3 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:37.326
4 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.456
5 William Buller GBR Signature 1:37.497
6 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:37.540
7 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 1:37.710
8 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:37.745
9 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:37.808
10 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.819
11 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:37.922
12 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 1:37.933
13 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.952
14 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport 1:38.073
15 Nick Cassidy NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:38.153
16 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 1:38.259
17 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:38.288
18 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:38.450
19 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:38.737
20 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:38.740
21 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:38.745
22 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:38.752
23 Sergio Matte Camara BRZ EuroInternational 1:38.768
24 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:38.838
25 Santino Ferrucci USA Fortec Motorsports 1:38.996
26 Andy Chang CHN Team West-Tec F3 1:39.597
27 Martin Cao CHN Fortec Motorsports 1:39.719