Eriksson and Stroll share Imola pole positions


Joel Eriksson - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Sergio Sette Câmara set the best time in the second qualifying session at Imola but for the second time in 2016 will not be able to take up the position at the front of the grid, with the young Brazilian taking grid penalties for both races two and three due to an engine change.

As a result the Motopark driver will drop to eleventh for Sunday’s second race of the weekend, and fifteenth for race three as his second best lap in the qualifying session was good enough to put him fifth.

Inheriting the pole position for Sunday’s second race will be Sette Câmara’s team-mate Joel Eriksson, with the Swede being joined on the front row by championship leader Lance Stroll, who is in prime position to clinch the title on Sunday as he will start race three from pole position.

George Russell will start third in race two for Hitech GP ahead of fellow Briton Callum Ilott of Van Amersfoort Racing, while row three will see Prema Powerteam duo Maximilian Günther and Ralf Aron.

Günther in particular will be looking to put the disappointments of Friday and Saturday behind him on Sunday, and needs to reduce the gap to team-mate Stroll in the championship to less than seventy-five points to deny the Canadian the title this weekend and take the fight to the final round at Hockenheim.

Ben Barnicoat will start eighth for Hitech GP alongside Van Amersfoort Racing’s Anthoine Hubert, while Nick Cassidy of Prema Powerteam will start ninth ahead of Pedro Piquet in another Van Amersfoort Racing entry.

Stroll’s second legal fastest time of 1:36.457 was enough to take him to pole for race three, although he did have another lap quicker but was deleted due to exceeding track limits, while he will be joined on the front row by Ilott, who got the better of Russell on this occasion.

Günther will start fourth ahead of Eriksson, Aron, Barnicoat, Hubert, Mikkel Jensen and Piquet.

Race one winner Niko Kari endured a tougher qualifying session on Saturday after engine troubles on his Motopark machine made it impossible to get inside the top ten for either race, and will start sixteenth in race two and fourteenth in race three.

Imola Race 2 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
19Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1:36.138
222Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1:36.356
31Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1:36.448
412George RussellGBRHitech GP1:36.452
56Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:36.526
617Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1:36.551
716Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1:36.767
824Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1:36.843
921Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1:36.848
102Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1:36.907
115Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1:36.950
127Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1:36.983
138David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1:36.997
1420Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:37.081
1523Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1:37.117
1610Niko KariFINMotopark1:37.252
1711Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1:37.390
1815Ukyo SasaharaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport1:37.420
1914Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport1:37.969

Imola Race 3 Qualifying Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
11Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1:36.457
26Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:36.589
312George RussellGBRHitech GP1:36.591
417Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1:36.638
59Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1:36.702
622Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1:36.737
716Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1:36.823
824Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1:36.913
921Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1:36.915
107Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1:37.064
115Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1:37.073
122Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1:37.113
1323Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1:37.163
148David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1:37.420
1510Niko KariFINMotopark1:37.571
1611Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1:37.740
1715Ukyo SasaharaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport1:37.810
1814Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport1:38.552
1920Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:41.202