European Formula 3

Ilott at the double in second Silverstone Qualifying

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Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Callum Ilott was in great form at a overcast Silverstone as he took pole position for both races two and three on Friday, both times by the tiniest of margins from fellow Briton Lando Norris.

In a session where drivers needed to get two quick laps to determine their grid positions for both of the final two races of the weekend, Ilott set two times quick enough for pole position, with the Prema Powerteam drivers fastest time of 1:50.482s enough for race two pole before a 1:50.503s gave him race three pole as well.

“Admittedly, I made some mistake during this qualifying, but at least I managed to bag two decent laps,” said Ilott. “I was having problems at some parts of the track where I didn’t have any issues yesterday.

“On the other hand, sections where I expected more problems went well. Had I made fewer mistakes, I probably would have been one tenth of a second faster.

“Traffic only was an issue at the start on my warm-up lap. After that, things went very well in this respect.”

Norris, who took pole position for race one on Thursday, was just 0.025 seconds down in second for race two, and just 0.009 seconds down for race three, but the Carlin driver ensured all three races this weekend will see an all-British front row.

Joel Eriksson will start third in both races for Motopark, ahead of Maximilian Günther of Prema Powerteam, with all four leading drivers within a tenth of a second for race two.

Jake Hughes will start fifth for Hitech Grand Prix for race two, but will line-up sixth for race three, the Briton switching places with Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala, while Jake Dennis of Carlin will start seventh for race two and eighth for race three, with Guan Yu Zhou doing the reverse for Prema Powerteam.

Mick Schumacher will start inside the top ten for Prema Powerteam for both races, ninth for race two and tenth for race three, with Tadasuke Makino tenth for Hitech Grand Prix for race two before he moves up to ninth for race three.

The top seventeen drivers were all within one-second of Ilott’s overall pace, with only David Beckmann and Keyvan Andres Soori outside that time for Van Amersfoort Racing and Motopark respectively.

Silverstone Race 2 Qualifying Result

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Silverstone Race 3 Qualifying Result

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