Leclerc takes race 1 pole at the Norisring

Charles Leclerc continued his strong start to the Norisring weekend of the European Formula 3 Championship by taking pole position for race one.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver set a best time 48.240s in the second of the two qualifying sessions, split due to the short nature of the German circuit and the high number of entrants.

For Leclerc, it is his first outright pole position of the season, having inherited his previous two pole’s when Felix Rosenqvist had his times deleted at Silverstone due to a technicality.

His time was just 0.009s faster than Signature’s Alexander Albon, although the Anglo-Thai driver will start third on the grid, just behind Mücke Motorsport’s Maximilian Günther, who topped the first of the two sessions.

Markus Pommer will start fourth on the grid for Motopark, while row three sees Prema Powerteam driver Rosenqvist line-up alongside the second Signature entry of Dorian Boccolacci.

Antonio Giovinazzi will start seventh for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, alongside fellow Italian Alessio Lorandi of Van Amersfoort Racing, while Mikkel Jensen of Mücke Motorsport and Jake Dennis of Prema Powerteam completed the top ten.

Dennis was one of a number of drivers to be caught out by a red flag during his qualifying session, when Pietro Fittipaldi stopping on track to pause the session while his Fortec Motorsports machine was removed.

Norisring Race 1 Qualifying Times

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing48.240s
228Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport48.533s
321Alexander AlbonTHASignature48.249s
434Markus PommerGERMotopark48.543s
51Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam48.335s
620Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature48.603s
73Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin48.439s
88Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing48.637s
927Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport48.443s
102Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam48.658s
1125Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam48.491s
124Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin48.684s
1329Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing48.563s
1410George RussellGBRCarlin48.690s
155Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport48.600s
1630Callum IlottGBRCarlin48.750s
1711Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F348.683s
186Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport48.812s
1923Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark48.719s
2026Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin48.846s
219Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin48.746s
2236Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark48.952s
2317Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport48.759s
2422Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark48.955s
2519Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing48.763s
2624Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam49.103s
2735Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport48.870s
2838Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F349.105s
2914Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports49.071s
3012Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports49.242s
3133Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark49.289s
3218Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing49.349s