Rosenqvist takes pole for Hockenheim opener

Felix Rosenqvist beat FIA European Formula 3 Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi to pole position for race one of round two of the season at Hockenheim.

The Prema Powerteam driver beat the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver by just 0.014s for top spot, but Rosenqvist’s 1m32.455s lap was enough to take pole.

Maximilian Günther was an excellent third for Mücke Motorsport, with the German driver setting a time only 0.154s away from the pole time. He will be joined on the second row by fellow rookie Charles Leclerc of Van Amersfoort Racing, while Prema Powerteam trio Lance Stroll, Jake Dennis and Brandon Maisano were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Raoul Hyman, a late addition to the championship ahead of the first round at Silverstone three weeks ago, was an excellent eighth during the session for Team West-Tec F3, while Callum Ilott will start ninth in the leading Carlin entry. 2014 German Formula 3 Champion Markus Pommer completed the top ten for Team Motopark, while one second covered the first nineteen competitors.

One of the stars of Silverstone, George Russell, had a less impressive session at Hockenheim, with the Briton qualifying down in twentieth position in his Carlin.

The session was affected by an early red flag when Alexander Albon ended up in the Sachskurve gravel trap after complaining of brake problems. The Signature driver narrowly avoided both Maisano and the barriers, but was unable to continue his session and will start thirty-fifth and last in race one.

But no one was to deny Rosenqvist another pole position. Qualifying for races two and three takes place on Friday morning, while race one takes place on Friday afternoon.

Hockenheim Race 1 Qualifying Times

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m32.455s
23Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m32.469s
328Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m32.609s
47Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m32.845s
525Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m32.916s
62Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m32.960s
724Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m32.997s
838Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m33.037s
930Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m33.102s
1033Markus PommerGERMotopark1m33.133s
1123Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m33.158s
124Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m33.187s
1329Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m33.218s
1427Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m33.281s
1536Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m33.283s
165Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m33.409s
176Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m33.426s
1815Nicolas BeerDENEuroInternational1m33.435s
1926Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m33.455s
2010George RussellGBRCarlin1m33.463s
2117Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m33.517s
2219Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m33.643s
238Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m33.695s
2412Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m33.816s
2520Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m33.835s
2622Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m33.901s
2711Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m34.034s
289Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m34.170s
2914Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m34.214s
3031Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports1m34.238s
3135Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m34.318s
3234Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m34.551s
3332Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports1m34.929s
3418Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m35.424s
3521Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m41.693s