Russell and Lorandi share Pau pole positions

George Russell and Alessio Lorandi will share the pole positions for races two and three around the streets of Pau after leading the way in second qualifying.

Both drivers took their maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship poles during the session, and for Lorandi in particular, it offers an excellent change for the Italian to take the honours of the final race of the weekend that is titled as the Pau Grand Prix.

The weather conditions played favourably on those in Group A, that ran second to those in Group B, with the track drying enough for Russell to secure race two pole position for Hitech GP, while Lorandi’s second fastest time was enough for the Carlin driver to secure pole for the final race of the weekend.

Joining Russell on the front row for race two will be fellow Briton Callum Ilott, who’s best time of 1m21.708s was enough for the Van Amersfoort Racing driver to top Group B.

Sergio Sette Camara will start third in race two in the Red Bull-liveried Motopark entry, while the Brazilian will be joined on row two by race one pole sitter Lance Stroll of Prema Powerteam.

Lorandi will start fifth for race two alongside another Prema Powerteam driver Nick Cassidy, while a third, Ralf Aron, starts seventh alongside Mikkel Jensen of Mücke Motorsport.

Ben Barnicoat will start ninth for Hitech GP, with the top ten for race two rounded out by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Anthoine Hubert.

Lorandi will start the Pau Grand Prix finale from pole position alongside Stroll, with Sette Camara and Cassidy on row two, while Russell and Ilott will share the third row.

Barnicoat will start from seventh ahead of Jensen, while Ryan Tveter of Carlin will start ninth ahead of Hubert.

Championship leader Maximilian Günther had a disastrous session, with the German crashing and causing a red flag early, meaning he will start the two races down in nineteenth and twenty-first respectively, while Guanyu Zhou and Pedro Piquet also crashed, and will start towards the rear of the field as well.

Pau Grand Prix Race 2 Qualifying Times

112George RussellGBRHitech GP1m21.281s13
26Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m21.708s12
39Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m21.371s14
41Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m21.968s12
54Alessio LorandiITACarlin1m21.530s12
62Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m22.200s13
716Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m21.638s12
87Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m22.370s13
924Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1m21.667s12
1021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.513s13
113Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m21.869s13
128David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1m23.050s13
1322Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m21.920s14
1410Niko KariFINMotopark1m23.474s12
1511Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1m22.283s12
165Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m24.050s12
1720Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.933s14
1814Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m25.877s3
1917Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m22.938s4
2023Guanyu ZhouCHNMotoparkNo Time1
2118Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m23.658s14

Pau Grand Prix Race 3 Qualifying Times

14Alessio LorandiITACarlin1m21.586s12
21Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m22.153s12
39Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m21.652s14
42Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m22.374s13
512George RussellGBRHitech GP1m21.728s13
66Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.407s12
724Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1m21.855s12
87Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m22.440s13
93Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m22.074s13
1021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.750s13
1122Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m22.091s14
128David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1m23.294s13
1316Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m22.387s12
1410Niko KariFINMotopark1m23.605s12
1511Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1m22.572s12
165Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m24.110s12
1720Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.956s14
1814Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m28.948s3
1918Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m23.667s14
2023Guanyu ZhouCHNMotoparkNo Time1
2117Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m25.342s4