Hat Trick of Poles for Lando Norris at Spa-Francorchamps

by Paul Hensby

Lando Norris took a hat trick of pole positions at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday after dominating both qualifying sessions around the 4.352-mile circuit.

The Carlin driver was fastest in the opening qualifying session with a best time of 2:12.144s, while his two best laps in the second session – 2:11.120s and 2:11.307s – were enough to take pole for races two and three.

Norris will be joined on the front row in each of the three races by fellow Briton Callum Ilott, with the Prema Powerteam driver ending 0.225 seconds, 0.171 seconds and 0.081 seconds back from the pole time respectively.

Jake Hughes will start third for Hitech Grand Prix for race one, with the Briton just ahead of championship leader Maximilian Günther of Prema Powerteam, while another Hitech driver, Nikita Mazepin, ended the session in fifth.

Guan Yu Zhou will start sixth for Prema Powerteam, while Jehan Daruvala, Ralf Aron, Harrison Newey and Pedro Piquet complete the top ten.

Zhou will start third for races two ahead of Günther and Hughes, while Mazepin will start sixth ahead of Carlin duo Daruvala and Ferdinand Habsburg, while Aron and Piquet round out the top ten.

The same top five will grace the front of the grid for race three, Norris ahead of Ilott, Zhou, Günther and Hughes, with Daruvala moving up to sixth ahead of Aron, Habsburg, Newey and Joel Eriksson, who a year ago took his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory at this circuit.

However, Motopark appear to be struggling for pace once again this weekend, at least in qualifying trim, and the championship contender will have it all to do when the races get underway, starting down in twelfth for the opening two races before moving up to tenth for race three.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Qualifying Result

131Lando NorrisGBRCarlin2:12.144
253Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam2:12.369
334Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix2:12.420
43Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam2:12.588
599Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix2:12.668
68Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam2:12.918
727Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin2:12.969
87Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix2:13.077
917Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.095
105Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.105
1196Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing2:13.110
121Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark2:13.131
1362Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin2:13.166
1425Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam2:13.311
1555David BeckmannGERMotopark2:13.616
1647Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark2:14.045
1733Marino SatoJAPMotopark2:14.096
1821Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:14.332

Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Qualifying Result

131Lando NorrisGBRCarlin2:11.120
253Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam2:11.291
38Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam2:11.684
43Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam2:11.773
534Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix2:11.823
699Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix2:11.830
727Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin2:11.891
862Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin2:11.921
97Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix2:11.942
105Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.050
1117Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.175
121Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark2:12.206
1396Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.235
1455David BeckmannGERMotopark2:12.285
1525Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam2:12.457
1633Marino SatoJAPMotopark2:12.979
1721Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:13.250
1847Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark2:13.419

Spa-Francorchamps Race 3 Qualifying Result

131Lando NorrisGBRCarlin2:11.307
253Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam2:11.388
38Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam2:11.780
43Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam2:11.781
534Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix2:11.906
627Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin2:11.912
77Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix2:11.958
862Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin2:11.959
917Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.210
101Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark2:12.276
1199Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix2:12.376
1296Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.387
1325Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam2:12.545
145Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing2:12.677
1555David BeckmannGERMotopark2:13.136
1633Marino SatoJAPMotopark2:13.161
1721Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin2:13.448
1847Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark2:13.456

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