17-year-old German driver Mick Schumacher took pole position ahead of the sixth round of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. Prema Powerteam‘s number one proved that his lack of pace in testing was merely a blip after setting a 1min 27.129.
Schumacher goes into the weekend second in the standings, 38 points behind Joey Mawson. Both drivers featured in the second group and traded times at the top. In the end though, it was the German who beat his rival by 0.028 seconds around the Nurburgring circuit.
Qualifying though, divides the drivers into two groups ensuring that it will not be Mawson who lines up on the front row. That honour goes to the man who beat Schumacher to the rookie title last year; Mike Ortmann.
Group A was dominated by rookies with leader Nicklas Neilsen second in group. Behind him the returning Richard Verschoor snuck in ahead of Juan Manuel Correa. The American had been one of the quickest in practice and will be disappointed with his result overall.
As for group B; it was Juri Vips who was best of the rest behind the top two. The Estonian has been on form since his podium at the Red Bull Ring and will be looking to continue his run. Fourth in group was Thomas Preining, as the Austrian looks to close the gap on his rivals in front.
There was a poor showing from the US Racing drivers though. Despite being the team’s home race, Jannes Fittje and Kim-Luis Schramm could only manage sixth and eighth in their groups respectively.