Jüri Vips and Marcus Armstrong Share Poles at Wet Misano

by Paul Hensby
Jüri Vips - Motopark - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Jüri Vips and Marcus Armstrong each took a pole position in a heavy rain-affected second FIA European Formula 3 Championship Qualifying session at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Saturday evening.

The session was held completely wet conditions and with thunder and lightning overhead, but despite this, Vips stormed to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:46.004 for Motopark, 0.065 seconds ahead of Armstrong, but the Estonian’s lap denied Prema Theodore Racing a clean sweep of poles this weekend.

Race one winner Mick Schumacher will start the second race of the weekend from third on the grid, also for Prema Theodore Racing, while his team-mate Ralf Aron was able to claim fourth ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg, who had one of his better Qualifying sessions of the season for Carlin.

Alex Palou will start sixth for Hitech Bullfrog GP ahead of another Carlin driver in the form of Jehan Daruvala, with Prema Theodore Racing’s Guanyu Zhou eighth ahead of championship leader Daniel Ticktum of Motopark.

Ben Hingeley, who finished last in race one after a penalty for colliding with Hitech Bullfrog GP team-mate Enaam Ahmed, completes the top ten for race two, ironically just ahead of Ahmed.

Armstrong will start race three from pole position as a result of setting the best second fastest lap of anyone else, with his 1:46.214 more than three-tenths of a second clear of team-mate Aron, with Vips lining up third ahead of Zhou and Habsburg.

Ahmed will line-up sixth ahead of fellow Briton Ticktum, while Schumacher, Daruvala and Palou complete the top ten for Sunday evening’s finale.

Race one podium finisher Robert Shwartzman struggled in the difficult conditions and will fifteenth and sixteenth in the two races in the fifth Prema Theodore Racing entry.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Race 2 Qualifying Result

144Juri VipsESTMotopark1:46.004
28Marcus ArmstrongNZLPrema Theodore Racing1:46.069
34Mick SchumacherDEUPrema Theodore Racing1:46.170
47Ralf AronESTPrema Theodore Racing1:46.520
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin1:47.007
639Alex PalouESPHitech Bullfrog GP1:47.095
79Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin1:47.106
81Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Theodore Racing1:47.187
927Daniel TicktumGBRMotopark1:47.354
1077Ben HingeleyGBRHitech Bullfrog GP1:47.401
1165Enaam AhmedGBRHitech Bullfrog GP1:47.440
123Sebastian FernandezVENMotopark1:47.619
1323Jonathan AberdeinZAFMotopark1:48.254
1411Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin1:48.256
1510Robert ShwartzmanRUSPrema Theodore Racing1:48.458
1633Marino SatoJAPMotopark1:48.864
1713Fabio SchererCHEMotopark1:49.094
1812Artem PetrovRUSVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.303
1925Sophia FlorschDEUVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.686
2016Nikita TroitskiyRUSCarlin1:49.874
2115Keyvan AndresDEUVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.956
2224Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:51.580

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Race 3 Qualifying Result

18Marcus ArmstrongNZLPrema Theodore Racing1:46.214
27Ralf AronESTPrema Theodore Racing1:46.540
344Juri VipsESTMotopark1:47.291
41Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Theodore Racing1:47.309
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin1:47.314
665Enaam AhmedGBRHitech Bullfrog GP1:47.465
727Daniel TicktumGBRMotopark1:47.595
84Mick SchumacherDEUPrema Theodore Racing1:47.688
99Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin1:47.898
1039Alex PalouESPHitech Bullfrog GP1:47.915
113Sebastian FernandezVENMotopark1:48.025
1211Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin1:48.260
1323Jonathan AberdeinZAFMotopark1:48.317
1477Ben HingeleyGBRHitech Bullfrog GP1:48.451
1533Marino SatoJAPMotopark1:48.932
1610Robert ShwartzmanRUSPrema Theodore Racing1:49.244
1712Artem PetrovRUSVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.445
1813Fabio SchererCHEMotopark1:49.520
1925Sophia FlorschDEUVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.990
2015Keyvan AndresDEUVan Amersfoort Racing1:50.069
2116Nikita TroitskiyRUSCarlin1:50.422
2224Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin1:52.497

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