Lando Norris edged out Ferdinand Habsburg to take pole position around the Principality of Monaco during Saturday morning’s qualifying session.
The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series leader stormed to the top with a lap of 1:31.221 for Josef Kaufmann Racing, beating Fortec Motorsports’ Habsburg by just 0.053, although the Austrian has a two-place penalty carried over from Motorland Aragon meaning he’ll start the race off the front row in fourth.
Norris will therefore start alongside Tech 1 Racing’s Sacha Fenestraz for Sunday’s twenty-five minute race, with the Frenchman setting a fastest lap of 1:31.463, his best qualifying effort so far of the season.
Max Defourny also moves up the order due to Habsburg’s penalty, with the R-ace GP driver set to start third, while Dorian Boccolacci will start fifth for Tech 1 Racing alongside Nikita Mazepin, who making his first start of the Eurocup season for AVF.
Sahara Force India-backed Indian racer Jehan Daruvala was seventh fastest for Josef Kaufmann Racing, ahead of AVF’s Harrison Scott, while Bruno Baptista of Fortec Motorsports and AVF’s Henrique Chaves completed the top ten.
There were two red flags during the session, with Alexey Korneev crashing his JD Motorsport car at Casino Square, and Rodrigo Pflucker doing the same at Ste Devote for Cram Motorsport.
Will Palmer also had a moment during the session, spinning at Tabac, but the Briton was able to stay off the barriers and rejoin the session, qualifying thirteenth.
Monaco Qualifying Result
|1||2||Lando Norris||GBR||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:31.221|
|2||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Fortec Motorsports||1:31.274|
|3||11||Sacha Fenestraz||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||1:31.463|
|4||33||Max Defourny||BEL||R-Ace GP||1:31.622|
|5||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1:31.655|
|6||23||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||AVF by Adrian Valles||1:31.769|
|7||1||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:32.021|
|8||22||Harrison Scott||GBR||AVF by Adrian Valles||1:32.030|
|9||6||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||1:32.083|
|10||21||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||1:32.207|
|11||16||Julien Falchero||FRA||R-Ace GP||1:32.234|
|12||5||Vasily Romanov||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||1:32.329|
|13||14||Will Palmer||GBR||R-Ace GP||1:32.346|
|14||12||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||1:32.470|
|15||10||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||1:32.775|
|16||3||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:32.793|
|17||18||James Allen||AUS||JD Motorsport||1:33.039|
|18||30||Rodrigo Pflucker||PER||Cram Motorsport||1:33.616|
|19||24||Petru Florescu||ROM||AVF by Adrian Valles||1:34.049|
|21||17||Alexey Korneev||RUS||JD Motorsport||1:34.953|
|22||31||David Richert||CAN||Cram Motorsport||1:35.387|
|23||38||David Porcelli||USA||MGR Motorsport||No Time|