Palou Celebrates Debut Pole Position at the Nurburgring

Alex Palou (left) took his and Teo Martin Motorsport's first Formula V8 3.5 pole position at the Nurburgring - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex Palou was a last minute addition to the World Series Formula V8 3.5 field at the Nurburgring, and only jumped into the #10 Teo Martin Motorsport machine for the first time in the first Collective Test session on Friday morning, but the Spaniard had an extremely strong debut day at the Nurburgring.

Palou finished second quickest in both Collective Test sessions after stepping into the car of the unavailable Nelson Mason, adapting to the car he last tested at the back end of 2016 before deciding to race in Japanese Formula 3 this season, but the best was still to come for the twenty-year-old as he secured an amazing pole position in his first qualifying session.

The Spaniard, who once again partners Konstantin Tereschenko this weekend after being his team-mate in both EuroFormula Open and the GP3 Series between 2014 and 2016, denied Pietro Fittipaldi pole position by 0.667 seconds, despite the weather playing havoc at the Nurburgring, and he is now aiming for the win.

“Conditions were tricky and we had just one set of tyres in normal conditions,” said Palou on “Then it started to rain.

“We didn’t know if we had the pole until the end, but at least we made it. We’ll try to win and we’re working for it”.