Rapid Ralf Aron grabs Maiden Pole at the Norisring

Ralf Aron will start race two at the Norisring from pole position - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Ralf Aron secured his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship pole position in an exciting, ever-changing qualifying session for race two at the Norisring on Saturday, while Maximilian Günther will start the final race of the weekend from the front.

Aron will lead an all-Hitech Grand Prix front row ahead of team-mate Jake Hughes, with the Estonian setting the fastest lap ever seen in a Formula 3 car around the 2.3-kilometer circuit, a 47.859s, with Hughes 0.082 seconds back.

Behind them on the second row will be race one winner Günther ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris, who just denied his team-mate Jehan Daruvala by 0.002 seconds, while Pedro Piquet, fresh off his maiden European Formula 3 podium on Saturday, will start sixth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Callum Ilott was seventh fastest for Prema Powerteam but will drop five places on the grid after being deemed responsible for a collision in race one with Keyvan Andres Soori, with the Briton having spun the German around whilst trying to un-lap himself.

Harrison Newey will therefore start seventh for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Nikita Mazepin, with Guan Yu Zhou and Joel Eriksson completing the top ten once Ilott and Ferdinand Habsburg (for colliding with David Beckmann in race one) take grid penalties.

The grid for race three is based on the driver’s second best time of the session, with this leaving Günther with the advantage ahead of Daruvala, Aron and Hughes.

Habsburg’s second best lap means the Austrian will start fifth, just ahead of team-mate Norris, while Zhou, Mazepin, Ilott and Eriksson round out the top ten.

Norisring Race 2 Qualifying Result

17Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix47.859
234Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix47.941
33Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam47.963
431Lando NorrisGBRCarlin47.971
527Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin47.973
65Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing47.998
753Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam48.046
817Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing48.048
999Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix48.058
108Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam48.077
1162Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin48.085
121Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark48.161
1325Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam48.188
1455David BeckmannGERMotopark48.202
1533Marino SatoJAPMotopark48.310
1696Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing48.319
1711Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix48.355
1847Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark48.407

Norisring Race 3 Qualifying Result

13Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam47.965
227Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin48.048
37Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix48.058
434Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix48.068
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin48.088
631Lando NorrisGBRCarlin48.134
78Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam48.139
899Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix48.181
953Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam48.201
101Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark48.201
1155David BeckmannGERMotopark48.203
125Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing48.225
1325Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam48.267
1417Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing48.292
1596Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing48.359
1633Marino SatoJAPMotopark48.381
1711Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix48.419
1847Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark48.432