European Formula 3

Stroll and Eriksson share out final poles of 2016

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Lance Stroll - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lance Stroll set the pace in the second qualifying session at the Hockenheimring, but Joel Eriksson will start the final race of the season from pole position.

Stroll’s best time of 1:31.733 was enough to see the Canadian take pole position for race two, but with traffic playing a big part in the session, the Prema Powerteam driver’s second fastest time was only good enough for him to take fifth place for race three, although he will move up to fourth when Lando Norris moves to take his pit lane start.

Norris, as well as Carlin team-mate Daniel Ticktum, will start all three races of the weekend in Germany from the pit lane after running a number of FIA F3 test days, meaning neither will be eligible for points this weekend either.

Eriksson’s second best time of 1:32.057 was ultimately enough for the Motopark driver to secure pole position for the season finale.

Joining Stroll on the front row for race two will be Carlin’s Jake Hughes, who just beat Eriksson to second by 0.056 seconds, while fourth on the grid will be Sergio Sette Câmara, also of Motopark.

Callum Ilott was fifth for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Prema’s Nick Cassidy, while George Russell placed seventh but will take a ten-place grid penalty following an engine change earlier in the day.

David Beckmann will therefore inherit that seventh place on the grid after finishing ahead of Carlin’s Norris, but with the Briton starting from the pit lane, Ralf Aron moves up to eighth for Prema ahead of Anthoine Hubert.

Niko Kari would have inherited tenth but is another driver with a engine change penalty hanging over his head, meaning Maximilian Günther inherits the final place in the top ten despite setting the thirteenth fastest time.

For race three, Hughes once again lines-up on the front row alongside Eriksson, with Ilott moving up to third ahead of Stroll and Sette Câmara, once Norris takes his penalty. Russell again finished inside the top ten but will take his final ten-place penalty, promoting Cassidy to seventh ahead of Hubert, Alexander Sims and Beckmann, while Nikita Mazepin will start inside the top ten despite finishing behind Kari and Ticktum.

Hockenheimring Race 2 Qualifying Result

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Hockenheimring Race 3 Qualifying Result

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