Sergio Sette Câmara was quickest in the opening qualifying session at the Nurburgring, but Lance Stroll will start the race from pole position due to an engine penalty carried over for the young Brazilian.
Sette Câmara set a best time of 1:21.011 during the first of two scheduled qualifying sessions on Friday that will determine the grids for all three races this weekend at the German track, but for the first two of those races, the Red Bull-backed Motopark driver will lose ten places on the grid due to an engine change at Spa-Francorchamps last time out.
This means that championship leader Stroll inherits top spot for race one despite his lap being 0.207 seconds slower than Sette Câmara’s, while Nick Cassidy will make it an all Prema Powerteam front row.
Maximilian Günther will line-up third, also for Prema Powerteam, with George Russell fourth for Hitech GP ahead of Joel Eriksson of Motopark, while Ralf Aron will start sixth in the fourth of the four Prema entries.
Callum Ilott will be disappointed to be starting seventh after setting the pace in first practice on Friday morning, with the Van Amersfoort Racing driver set to start alongside Motopark’s Guanyu Zhou, while Niko Kari of Motopark and Anthoine Hubert of Van Amersfoort Racing will complete the top ten, ahead of Sette Câmara.
Only seventeen cars are on the grid this weekend following the withdrawal of Carlin, but all seventeen were covered by less than one second in another close European Formula 3 Championship qualifying session.
Nurburgring Race 1 Qualifying Result
|1||9||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||1:21.011|
|2||1||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||1:21.218|
|3||2||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Prema Powerteam||1:21.353|
|4||17||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||1:21.393|
|5||12||George Russell||GBR||Hitech GP||1:21.423|
|7||16||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Powerteam||1:21.494|
|8||6||Callum Ilott||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:21.505|
|11||21||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:21.590|
|12||8||David Beckmann||GER||Mucke Motorsport||1:21.744|
|13||24||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Hitech GP||1:21.746|
|14||11||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech GP||1:21.764|
|15||7||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||1:21.775|
|16||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:21.852|
|17||20||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:21.987|