Hockenheim F3 Euro: Rosenqvist storms to double pole
|By Jamie O'Leary||Friday, October 19th 2012, 15:50 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist grabbed a dominant double pole position for this weekend's Formula 3 Euro Series finale at Hockenheim, while points leader Daniel Juncadella did his title hopes no harm by taking a pair of seconds.
Nobody could live with the pace of Mucke Motorsport man Rosenqvist.
The 20-year-old Swede hit the front inside five minutes in a time of 1m35.128s, and gradually brought his times down to take pole for Sunday's final race of the season in 1m34.047s in his Dallara-Mercedes.
Rosenqvist's superiority over Juncadella was such that his second-fastest lap, which was enough to net him pole for Saturday's first race, was also quicker than the Spaniard's best.
Prema Powerteam driver Juncadella qualified one place ahead of his chief title rival, Mucke's Pascal Wehrlein, for both of the longer 40-minute races this weekend. Juncadella needs only to finish ahead of the German in one of them to secure the title.
Wehrlein, who lies 35 points behind Juncadella with 60 still on the table, lost his hopes of pole late on as he ran wide at the Nord Kurve and dislodged his front wing.
The third driver in realistic title contention, Prema's Raffaele Marciello, will start the two races from fourth and eighth spots.
Carlin driver Will Buller, who needs to win all three races and hope that Juncadella musters no more than four points all weekend, took ninth and 11th spots.
A number of series interlopers are taking part at Hockenheim. The best of these in qualifying was Fortec's Alex Lynn, fourth overall (for race three) and eighth on the race one grid.
Gerhard Berger's nephew Lucas Auer, who is making his Euro Series debut along with the Van Amersfoort squad, was equally impressive. This season's German F3 runner-up will start sixth in both races.
GP2 driver Felipe Nasr, last year's British F3 champion, will start both races from 14th spot.
The grid for race two will be set by the race one finishing order, with the top eight drivers reversed.
Race one starting order: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.062s 2. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.452s + 0.390s 3. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.654s + 0.592s 4. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.777s + 0.715s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.798s + 0.736s 6. Lucas Auer Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.838s + 0.776s 7. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m34.841s + 0.779s 8. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.859s + 0.797s 9. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m34.954s + 0.892s 10. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m35.035s + 0.973s 11. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW 1m35.097s + 1.035s 12. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 1m35.194s + 1.132s 13. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m35.211s + 1.149s 14. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m35.338s + 1.276s 15. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 1m35.396s + 1.334s 16. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m35.523s + 1.461s 17. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m35.722s + 1.660s 18. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 1m36.065s + 2.003s 19. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m36.128s + 2.066s 20. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m36.171s + 2.109s Race three starting order: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.047s 2. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.425s + 0.378s 3. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.471s + 0.424s 4. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.551s + 0.504s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.584s + 0.537s 6. Lucas Auer Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.700s + 0.653s 7. Tom Blomqvist Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m34.744s + 0.697s 8. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.766s + 0.719s 9. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.811s + 0.764s 10. Emil Bernstorff Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m34.815s + 0.768s 11. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.871s + 0.824s 12. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.961s + 0.914s 13. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m35.090s + 1.043s 14. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 1m35.168s + 1.121s 15. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m35.210s + 1.163s 16. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 1m35.229s + 1.182s 17. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m35.551s + 1.504s 18. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 1m36.038s + 1.991s 19. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m36.041s + 1.994s 20. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m36.051s + 2.004s