Red Bull Ring European F3: Antonio Giovinazzi grabs double pole
|By Marcus Simmons||Saturday, August 2nd 2014, 16:19 GMT|
Antonio Giovinazzi claimed a double pole position for Sunday's two Formula 3 European Championship races at the Red Bull Ring by three tenths of a second.
The spectacular Italian, who is using a brand new chassis this weekend, put in three scorching laps shortly before the end of the session, each of which was quicker than anyone else's best, to deny his Jagonya Ayam stablemate within the Carlin squad, Tom Blomqvist.
Giovinazzi was leading Blomqvist at the midpoint when the session was red-flagged as bearded Brit Hector Hurst Hector Hurst had been forced to park a very ill-sounding Team West-Tec car on the pit straight.
After the restart, silky smooth Antonio Fuoco temporarily moved ahead of the two yellow machines. But his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes dropped back behind first Giovinazzi, then Lucas Auer, and finally Blomqvist, who jumped back up from fourth to second on the final lap.
While Giovinazzi heads Blomqvist at the top for both races, Auer's Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Merc dropped back to fifth on second-best times, which decide the grid for race three, with Fuoco moving up to third.
Felix Rosenqvist put in a one-off effort to go fifth for race two, but he is relegated to eighth on the grid for race three in his Mucke car.
Championship rivals Esteban Ocon (Prema) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) could only manage sixth and seventh in the order, with both looking spectacular - and Verstappen on opposite-locking form - as they tried to improve.
It's slightly better for both for race three, which they will start fourth and sixth respectively.
A trio of Carlin drivers rounded out the top 10, with Jordan King heading Jake Dennis and Ed Jones. On second-best times, Dennis leaps to seventh, with King and Jones ninth and 10th.
Gustavo Menezes fleetingly popped up in second place on the timing screens on the final lap, only to have the lap disallowed for a track-limits offence.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m24.748s 2. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW 1m25.036s +0.288s 3. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m25.042s +0.294s 4. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc 1m25.090s +0.342s 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m25.114s +0.366s 6. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc 1m25.199s +0.451s 7. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m25.212s +0.464s 8. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m25.298s +0.550s 9. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW 1m25.368s +0.620s 10. Ed Jones Carlin Dallara-VW 1m25.512s +0.764s 11. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc 1m25.534s +0.786s 12. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m25.557s +0.809s 13. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m25.592s +0.844s 14. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc 1m25.595s +0.847s 15. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW 1m25.613s +0.865s 16. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m25.624s +0.876s 17. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Merc 1m25.624s +0.876s 18. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE 1m25.874s +1.126s 19. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m26.025s +1.277s 20. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE 1m26.173s +1.425s 21. Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational Dallara-Merc 1m26.477s +1.729s 22. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m26.497s +1.749s 23. Alfonso Celis Jr Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m26.740s +1.992s 24. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m26.851s +2.103s 25. Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Merc 1m27.508s +2.760s 26. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Merc 1m28.797s +4.006s