Double pole for Russell and Hitech GP at Spa-Francorchamps


George Russell - Credit: Craig Robertson / www.speedchills.com

George Russell secured a double pole position for races two and three at Spa-Francorchamps as the FIA European Formula 3 Championship teams finally got some dry running in on Thursday.

Russell now has three pole positions to his name in 2016, with his Hitech GP team seemingly getting the set-up of their cars correct as all three of drivers within the team will be starting inside the top six on the grid for both races.

Russell’s best time of 2:12.110 was enough to take pole position for race two, while his second fastest time of 2:12.156 will see him start race three from the front as well.

Joining Russell on the front row for both races will be Motopark’s Joel Eriksson, who denied Nikita Mazepin a first front row start for race two, with the Hitech GP driver starting a season’s best third alongside Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen.

Fifth on the grid for race two will be the third Hitech entry of Ben Barnicoat, with the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver setting a time of 2:12.566 to finish ahead of fellow Briton Callum Ilott of Van Amersfoort Racing, while Ilott’s team-mate Anthoine Hubert will start seventh.

Prema Powerteam, the power horses and the dominant team of the championship will see Maximilian Günther start down in eighth for race two, but the German is the only representative of the team inside the top ten, with championship leader Lance Stroll unable to replicate his domination from qualifying one, instead qualifying down in eleventh behind David Beckmann and Guanyu Zhou.

For race three, Russell and Eriksson once again form the front row of the grid, with Barnicoat and Ilott this time filling row two ahead of Hubert and Mazepin, with Beckmann, Günther, Stroll and Prema’s Nick Cassidy completing the top ten.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Qualifying Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
112George RussellGBRHitech GP2:12.110
222Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark2:12.218
311Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP2:12.403
47Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport2:12.554
524Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP2:12.566
66Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.599
721Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.646
817Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam2:12.700
98David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport2:12.793
1023Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark2:12.853
111Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam2:13.033
1210Niko KariFINMotopark2:13.035
132Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam2:13.145
143Ryan TveterUSACarlin2:13.371
155Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.609
1620Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.615
179Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark2:13.669
1816Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam2:13.815
1915Ukyo SasaharaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport2:14.049
204Alessio LorandiITACarlin2:14.110
2119Weiron TanMALCarlin2:15.446

Spa-Francorchamps Race 3 Qualifying Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
112George RussellGBRHitech GP2:12.156
222Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark2:12.374
324Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP2:12.654
46Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.748
521Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.800
611Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP2:12.817
78David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport2:12.830
817Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam2:12.988
91Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam2:13.148
102Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam2:13.264
1123Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark2:13.308
127Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport2:13.510
133Ryan TveterUSACarlin2:13.537
1410Niko KariFINMotopark2:13.631
1520Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.700
165Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.804
179Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark2:13.816
1816Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam2:13.938
194Alessio LorandiITACarlin2:14.153
2015Ukyo SasaharaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport2:14.407
2119Weiron TanMALCarlin2:15.881