Recently-crowned Formula 3 Euro Series champion Roberto Merhi scored a double pole position for the final round of the season at Hockenheim by again being the man to beat in qualifying.
The Spaniard set the quickest time and therefore claimed pole for the third and final race of the weekend. Masters winner Felix Rosenqvist came close to matching him, but the Swede fell 0.090 seconds short.
Rosenqvist's second fastest time matched Merhi's, but it was Merhi who was handed pole for the first race as he set his time first.
“It was an excellent qualifying for me, I am on top for both races,” said Merhi. “My car was great, we worked well as a team and I am feeling really well. I hope that it continues like this in the three races.”
Rosenqvist had mixed feelings, as he was disappointed to miss out on a pole position.
“Qualifying was very good for me, my car was great,” he said. “After the first set of tyres, I was only 13th, because I crossed the track limits too often in the first corner. Basically, I am happy with second place, because that isn’t a bad position to start from. However, as I have already finished second so often, this second place is also slightly frustrating. At the finale, I finally wanted to claim a pole position.”
Series debutant Carlos Sainz Jr took a mightily impressive third on the grid for both races, with his Signature teammates Daniel Abt, Laurens Vanthoor and Marco Wittmann filling positions four to six.
Nigel Melker and Daniel Juncadella will share the fourth row of the grid for both races, with Jimmy Eriksson and Carlos Munoz completing the top ten.