European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher takes another pole, Ticktum sixth

Mick Schumacher's unstoppable momentum continued as he blitzed pole position for the first race of the penultimate round of the Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring

European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher takes another pole, Ticktum sixth

Schumacher, who won all three races last time out at the Nurburgring and trails championship leader Dan Ticktum by just three points, lapped an eye-opening 0.247 seconds quicker than Prema Powerteam stablemate Robert Shwartzman.

The destiny of pole never looked in doubt - Schumacher topped both free-practice sessions earlier in the day and in qualifying he rarely looked threatened.

In turn, Shwartzman continued his Nurburgring form, where he was second in all three races, to claim the other front-row spot.

Shwartzman's fellow Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong eschewed his usual smooth-driving approach, the Kiwi looking spectacular as he muscled his car around the Austrian asphalt to complete a Prema 1-2-3.

If Armstrong's driving was notable, Jehan Daruvala completely ragged his Carlin machine to fourth position - the Force India protege completely trounced his team-mates, the best of whom was Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg in 12th place.

Daruvala and Armstrong actually set the second and third-quickest times of the session, but both efforts were disallowed for breaching track limits at the fast Turn 9 right-hander, promoting Shwartzman two places from fourth to second.

Motopark's Juri Vips was the closest challenger to Schumacher in free practice, but the Estonian lost four tenths when it mattered on his way to fifth, pipping team-mate Ticktum's Red Bull-liveried machine by 0.004 seconds.

Another Motopark driver, Jonathan Aberdein, was close at hand too as he took seventh place.

Hitech GP's Enaam Ahmed set a purple time in the first sector on the very final lap, but messed up the final corner and got badly out of shape on the exit - he improved to move up to eighth, but had he matched his best final sector he would have qualified fifth.

Fabio Scherer was ninth for Motopark, with Prema's Ralf Aron rounding out the top 10.

But Aron will have to start the opening race from 20th, thanks to a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change after a 'mechanical failure' was found on his Mercedes powerplant in the build-up to the weekend.

That elevates Prema team-mate Guan Yu Zhou, whose form has dipped of late, to the final top-10 spot on the grid.

Julian Hanses - who has missed the previous three rounds after splitting from Ma-con - rejoined the field in the Carlin entry vacated by Devlin DeFrancesco following the opening two events. The German was 22nd of the 23 competitors.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.640s - 12
2 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.887s 0.247s 13
3 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.926s 0.286s 13
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.987s 0.347s 12
5 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.112s 0.472s 12
6 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.116s 0.476s 13
7 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.135s 0.495s 13
8 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.178s 0.538s 11
9 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.235s 0.595s 11
10 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.253s 0.613s 12
11 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.279s 0.639s 13
12 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.289s 0.649s 12
13 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.293s 0.653s 12
14 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.313s 0.673s 11
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.378s 0.738s 12
16 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.380s 0.740s 12
17 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.442s 0.802s 12
18 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.486s 0.846s 13
19 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.544s 0.904s 13
20 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.548s 0.908s 11
21 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.754s 1.114s 13
22 Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.870s 1.230s 10
23 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.510s 1.870s 12


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