Di Resta Takes Pole for Race 1

Britain's Paul di Resta will start today's first F3 Euroseries race at the Nurburgring from pole position, after a thrilling qualifying session this morning

Di Resta Takes Pole for Race 1

The reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner grabbed the top spot on the timesheets with a handful of minutes remaining, pipping Manor Motorsport teammate (and race-two polesitter) Lucas di Grassi by just over a tenth of a second.

Runaway series leader Lewis Hamilton is therefore facing his first race weekend of the season without a pole position to his name.

The Briton spun on his final set of tyres after catching a backmarker mid-lap, but he'll still start today's race from third on the grid. Hamilton's ASM teammate Adrian Sutil is fourth, while Hannes Neuhauser produced the shock of the session by bringing his HBR car into fifth.

Unlike yesterday's wet/dry qualifying for the second race, this morning's session was held in dry conditions, although low temperatures meant that many drivers struggled to get the best out of their tyres.

"You really had two or three laps at best to get it right," said di Resta. "Traffic was pretty bad and it cost me time on a few occasions, but ultimately I got a clean enough run to get the right lap in. I think there was more time there, but I'm obviously happy to get the pole."

Pos  Driver            Team                     Time              Laps
 1.  Paul di Resta     Manor Motorsport         1:22.463           19
 2.  Lucas di Grassi   Manor Motorsport         1:22.575 + 0.112   16
 3.  Lewis Hamilton    ASM F3                   1:22.638 + 0.175   17
 4.  Adrian Sutil      ASM F3                   1:22.840 + 0.377   19
 5.  Hannes Neuhauser  HBR Motorsport           1:23.158 + 0.695   19
 6.  Kohei Hirate      Team Rosberg             1:23.387 + 0.924   18
 7.  G. van der Garde  Team Rosberg             1:23.391 + 0.928   17
 8.  Loic Duval        Signature-Plus           1:23.519 + 1.056   20
 9.  James Rossiter    Signature-Plus           1:23.554 + 1.091   19
10.  Greg Franchi      Prema Powerteam          1:23.593 + 1.130   18
11.  Guillaume Moreau  Signature                1:23.663 + 1.200   19
12.  Franck Perera     Prema Powerteam          1:23.665 + 1.202   20
13.  Alejandro Nunez   HBR Motorsport           1:23.673 + 1.210   19
14.  Atila Abreu       ASL Mucke Motorsport     1:23.844 + 1.381    8
15.  Esteban Guerrieri Team Midland Euroseries  1:23.851 + 1.388   19
16.  Marco Bonanomi    Prema Powerteam          1:23.918 + 1.455   19
17.  Fabio Carbone     Signature                1:23.975 + 1.512   18
18.  Danny Watts       HBR Motorsport           1:23.977 + 1.514   18
19.  Sebastian Vettel  ASL Mucke Motorsport     1:24.033 + 1.570    6
20.  Thomas Holzer     AM-Holzer Rennsport      1:24.035 + 1.572   20
21.  Stephan Jelley    Team Midland Euroseries  1:24.165 + 1.702   19
22.  Filip Salaquarda  Team I.S.R.              1:24.578 + 2.115   19
23.  Julia Kuhn                                 1:26.299 + 3.836   17
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