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
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Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Race 3 Qualifying Result
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