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Euro F3 Monza: Pascal Wehrlein takes double pole for Mucke

Pascal Wehrlein Monza Euro F3 qualifying 2013

Pascal Wehrlein kicked off his final weekend as a Formula 3 driver by claiming pole position for the opening two races of the F3 European Championship at Monza.

The German, who is DTM-bound this season as replacement for Ralf Schumacher at Mercedes, stole the fastest time on the final lap from Lucas Auer, even though he reckoned he lost time diving past two cars on the run into Parabolica.

Moreover, another of the Mucke Motorsport driver's late laps was the best of the drivers' second-fastest times, which set the grid for race two.

"It was OK," he said. "The problem is that with 30 cars there's a lot of traffic.

"My last lap was my best but even then I was held up. I could have found another tenth [he was 0.152 seconds down on his best lap in the final sector]."

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Auer, who held pole until the final lap, was pipped by just 0.029 seconds, although he held on to second from Raffaele Marciello, his team-mate in the Prema Powerteam squad.

Marciello grabbed the other front-row slot for race two, for which Auer drops back to third.

Fourth on the grid for both races is Red Bull junior Tom Blomqvist, who was in the same slipstreaming group as Auer to start his season in positive fashion in his EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes.

Harry Tincknell took fifth in the lead Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, but lost out to Alex Lynn on second-best times.

Prema driver Lynn went off twice, at Ascari and Parabolica, so could not be repaid in kind on slipstreaming by team-mate Marciello.

Fourth-row slots were claimed by Carlin's Jordan King and Mucke driver Felix Rosenqvist, who topped free practice but was angry not to get a clear lap in traffic this afternoon.

As well as King, other UK drivers to take top 10 slots included Josh Hill, who did an excellent job with minimal experience to emerge as Fortec's top runner, and Will Buller in a Nissan-engined T-Sport's Dallara.

Qualifying for race three follows later this afternoon.

Race 1 grid:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                    Time       Gap
 1.  Pascal Wehrlein      Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m45.245s
 2.  Lucas Auer           Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.274s  + 0.029s
 3.  Raffaele Marciello   Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.280s  + 0.035s
 4.  Tom Blomqvist        EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc   1m45.514s  + 0.269s
 5.  Harry Tincknell      Carlin Dallara-VW           1m45.878s  + 0.393s
 6.  Eddie Cheever        Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.638s  + 0.425s
 7.  Alex Lynn            Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.692s  + 0.447s
 8.  Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW           1m45.723s  + 0.478s
 9.  Josh Hill            Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m45.806s  + 0.561s
10.  Dennis van de Laar   Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW   1m45.870s  + 0.625s
11.  Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m45.900s  + 0.655s
12.  Will Buller          T-Sport Dallara-Nissan      1m45.918s  + 0.673s
13.  Felix Serralles      Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m45.919s  + 0.674s
14.  Sven Muller          Ma-con Dallara-VW           1m46.086s  + 0.841s
15.  Mans Grenhagen       Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW   1m46.090s  + 0.845s
16.  Mitchell Gilbert     Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m46.119s  + 0.874s
17.  Pipo Derani          Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m46.177s  + 0.932s
18.  Jann Mardenborough   Carlin Dallara-VW           1m46.189s  + 0.944s
19.  Nicholas Latifi      Carlin Dallara-VW           1m46.301s  + 1.056s
20.  Lucas Wolf           URD Dallara-Merc            1m46.398s  + 1.153s
21.  Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m46.424s  + 1.179s
22.  Antonio Giovinazzi   Double R Dallara-Merc       1m46.486s  + 1.241s
23.  Sandro Zeller        Zeller Dallara-Merc         1m46.936s  + 1.691s
24.  Andre Rudersdorf     Ma-con Dallara-VW           1m47.085s  + 1.840s
25.  Gary Thompson        Ferraris Dallara-Merc       1m47.131s  + 1.886s
26.  Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-Nissan      1m46.388s  + 2.031s
27.  Sean Gelael          Double R Dallara-Merc       1m47.437s  + 2.192s
28.  Tatiana Calderon     Double R Dallara-Merc       1m47.675s  + 2.430s
29.  Dmitry Suranovich    Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m48.596s  + 3.351s
30.  Michela Cerruti      Ferraris Dallara-Merc       1m48.836s  + 3.591s

Race 2 grid:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                    Time       Gap
 1.  Pascal Wehrlein      Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m45.307s
 2.  Raffaele Marciello   Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.559s  + 0.252s
 3.  Lucas Auer           Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.626s  + 0.319s
 4.  Tom Blomqvist        EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc   1m45.626s  + 0.319s
 5.  Alex Lynn            Prema Dallara-Merc          1m45.820s  + 0.513s
 6.  Harry Tincknell      Carlin Dallara-VW           1m45.873s  + 0.566s
 7.  Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m45.917s  + 0.610s
 8.  Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW           1m45.920s  + 0.613s
 9.  Will Buller          T-Sport Dallara-Nissan      1m45.974s  + 0.667s
10.  Felix Serralles      Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m46.049s  + 0.742s
11.  Mans Grenhagen       Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW   1m46.117s  + 0.810s
12.  Eddie Cheever        Prema Dallara-Merc          1m46.210s  + 0.903s
13.  Dennis van de Laar   Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW   1m46.210s  + 0.903s
14.  Pipo Derani          Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m46.262s  + 0.955s
15.  Josh Hill            Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m46.399s  + 1.092s
16.  Sven Muller          Ma-con Dallara-VW           1m46.404s  + 1.097s
17.  Jann Mardenborough   Carlin Dallara-VW           1m46.408s  + 1.101s
18.  Nicholas Latifi      Carlin Dallara-VW           1m46.430s  + 1.123s
19.  Mitchell Gilbert     Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m46.548s  + 1.241s
20.  Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Merc          1m46.574s  + 1.267s
21.  Lucas Wolf           URD Dallara-Merc            1m46.748s  + 1.441s
22.  Antonio Giovinazzi   Double R Dallara-Merc       1m46.785s  + 1.478s
23.  Andre Rudersdorf     Ma-con Dallara-VW           1m47.190s  + 1.883s
24.  Gary Thompson        Ferraris Dallara-Merc       1m47.311s  + 2.004s
25.  Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-Nissan      1m47.461s  + 2.154s
26.  Sean Gelael          Double R Dallara-Merc       1m47.484s  + 2.177s
27.  Tatiana Calderon     Double R Dallara-Merc       1m47.722s  + 2.415s
28.  Sandro Zeller        Zeller Dallara-Merc         1m47.982s  + 2.675s
29.  Dmitry Suranovich    Fortec Dallara-Merc         1m48.640s  + 3.333s
30.  Michela Cerruti      Ferraris Dallara-Merc       1m48.985s  + 3.678s
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