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
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||1m32.455s|
|2||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m32.469s|
|3||28||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Mucke Motorsport||1m32.609s|
|4||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.845s|
|5||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||1m32.916s|
|6||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||1m32.960s|
|7||24||Brandon Maisano||FRA||Prema Powerteam||1m32.997s|
|8||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||1m33.037s|
|11||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||1m33.158s|
|12||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m33.187s|
|13||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m33.218s|
|14||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||1m33.281s|
|16||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||1m33.409s|
|17||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport||1m33.426s|
|19||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1m33.455s|
|21||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||1m33.517s|
|22||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||1m33.643s|
|23||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m33.695s|
|24||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||1m33.816s|
|27||11||Fabian Schiller||GER||Team West-Tec F3||1m34.034s|
|29||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1m34.214s|
|30||31||Hongwei Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||1m34.238s|
|31||35||Kang Ling||CHN||Mucke Motorsport||1m34.318s|
|33||32||Zhi Cong Li||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||1m34.929s|
|34||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||1m35.424s|