After setting the quickest overall time qualifying, Kim-Luis Schramm takes the honours of sitting of pole position for the opening race of the ADAC Formula 4 weekend at Sachsenring. Meanwhile; fan favourite Mick Schumacher will start at the front for race two having set the quickest of the second fastest times.
It proved to be a fairly tight qualifying, with the championship contenders dominating the top five spaces on the grid. Despite not being in contention for the majority of the session, a last gasp blast saw Mike Ortmann top the second group, going second overall, 0.157 behind Schramm.
The second group was a golden opportunity for championship leader Joey Mawson to prove himself, with both Schramm and Schumacher being forced to participate in the opening session. The Australian put in a solid performance, but will still line up fourth in the opening race, alongside his Prema Powerteam rival.
“That was a pretty perfect day today, from early morning until late evening. I was consistently one of the fastest, and things have now ultimately also worked out in qualifying. I’ve done enough to secure pole in the first race. Everything has worked out well, and I’m very happy.” said Schramm, setting a best of 1min 18.830.
“Pole position can only mean mounting an all-out offensive. I will obviously try to do my best and secure the win.” said Schumacher. A strong start to the year was exactly what he needed and his first pole of the series will provide an incentive for him in the second race.
In the first race, behind the front four of Schramm, Ortmann, Schumacher and Mawson, US Racing driver Jannes Fittje claimed fifth to keep his title hopes alive. While a strong consistent pace throughout the session ensures that he lines up third in race 2, behind Schumacher and Ortmann.