Sven Muller claims Zandvoort Formula 3 Euro Series poles
|By Jamie O'Leary||Friday, August 24th 2012, 16:08 GMT|
Sven Muller took his first two Formula 3 Euro Series pole positions with a superb performance in qualifying at Zandvoort on Friday.
The 20-year-old German had been in contention for the top spot all session, but eventually went fastest with a 1m30.320s lap with six minutes to go.
A late red flag thanks to a spin for Lucas Wolf at Hugenholzbocht prevented anybody else from getting enough heat into their tyres to challenge Muller's top spot, leaving him 0.049 seconds clear of fellow Prema Powerteam driver Raffaele Marciello on overall times.
While Marciello's result gives him second on the grid for race three on Sunday, he will start race one from fourth by virtue of having set a slower second-best lap than either Felix Rosenqvist or championship leader Daniel Juncadella.
Mucke driver Rosenqvist added third spot for race three alongside his front-row starting place for race one, while Juncadella will start race third and fourth.
Title contenders Pascal Wehrlein (Mucke) and Will Buller (Carlin) were not among the group challenging for pole. Buller took a pair of sevenths while Wehrlein was eighth and ninth.
Carlin driver Carlos Sainz Jr pre-empted Wolf's red flag by bringing out his own for a crash at the exit of the Audi S, while Rosenqvist stopped on track during the final minutes.
Grid for race one: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.412s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m30.441s + 0.029s 3. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.529s + 0.117s 4. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.618s + 0.206s 5. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.743s + 0.331s 6. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m30.793s + 0.381s 7. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW 1m30.947s + 0.535s 8. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m30.952s + 0.540s 9. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m30.977s + 0.565s 10. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m31.081s + 0.669s 11. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m31.889s + 1.477s 12. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m31.927s + 1.515s 13. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 1m32.520s + 2.108s 14. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m32.603s + 2.191s Grid for race three: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.320s 2. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.369s + 0.049s 3. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m30.392s + 0.072s 4. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.506s + 0.186s 5. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 1m30.600s + 0.280s 6. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m30.728s + 0.408s 7. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW 1m30.746s + 0.426s 8. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m30.773s + 0.453s 9. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m30.805s + 0.485s 10. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m30.987s + 0.667s 11. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m31.780s + 1.460s 12. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m31.873s + 1.553s 13. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 1m32.216s + 1.896s 14. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m32.598s + 2.278s