F3 Euro Series Valencia: Juncadella and Marciello secure poles
|By Jamie O'Leary||Friday, September 28th 2012, 14:57 GMT|
Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello continued their fight for the F3 Euro Series crown by taking a pole position each for this weekend's races at Valencia.
The Prema Powerteam duo were constant factors in the fight to set the pace during the final five minutes of the session as Mucke Motorsport's Felix Rosenqvist also got involved in the fight.
The session had started with a damp track surface and each driver on wet tyres, but conditions had improved enough by the halfway point to cause the frontrunners to make an instant switch to slicks.
Marciello was the first driver to dip under 1m29s and assumed the top spot with a time of 1m28.504s with three minutes to go.
But not only did Juncadella beat it with 1m28.300 to secure his fifth pole of the year, but Rosenqvist also knocked the Italian back to third spot on the grid for race three.
Marciello's second-best time, however, was better than those of his rivals, meaning that he will start Saturday's opening race from pole, with Rosenqvist alongside him and Juncadella on the second row.
Carlos Sainz Jr, who is skipping the British F3 finale to compete at Valencia, was fourth fastest overall and will start Saturday's opener from fifth spot. Tom Blomqvist took sixth and fourth spots for Ma-con.
Wehrlein was fifth fastest overall, but did his title hopes no good by spinning into the gravel in the final lap and bringing out the red flags. That left him only ninth on the grid for race one.
Sven Muller's second-fastest time was enough to put him sixth on the grid for race one, but he will drop five places because of the penalty the German is carrying over from the last round at Zandvoort.
The last of the realistic title contenders, Carlin's Will Buller, continued his inconsistent qualifying form and will start sixth and ninth.
Luis Sa Silva brought out the red flags early in the session when he crashed at Turn 4 and ripped the left-front wheel off his Angola Dallara-Mercedes.
Grid for race three Pos Driver Car Time 1. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.300s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.419s + 0.119 3. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.504s + 0.204 4. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m28.578s + 0.278 5. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.853s + 0.553 6. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.013s + 0.713 7. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.557s + 1.257 8. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m29.579s + 1.279 9. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.665s + 1.365 10. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.081s + 1.781 11. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.102s + 1.802 12. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.256s + 1.956 13. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 1m34.418s + 6.118 14. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Mercedes 1m34.548s + 6.248 Grid for race one
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.534s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.712s + 0.178 3. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m28.977s + 0.443 4. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.024s + 0.490 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.257s + 0.723 6. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.695s + 1.161 7. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen 1m29.910s + 1.376 8. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.188s + 1.654 9. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.221s + 1.687 10. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m30.568s + 2.034 11. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m29.620s + 1.086 12. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Mercedes 1m31.132s + 2.598 13. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 1m35.002s + 6.468 14. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.036s + 9.502