F3 Nurburgring: Sette Camara fastest but Stroll gets race one pole

Red Bell junior Sergio Sette Camara snatched top spot from Williams protege Lance Stroll in qualifying for the first Nurburgring Formula 3 European Championship race, but Stroll will start from pole

F3 Nurburgring: Sette Camara fastest but Stroll gets race one pole

On a circuit where Prema Powerteam dominated last year, championship leader Stroll looked to be heading for a predictable pole.

His best three laps were quicker than anyone else had managed and team-mates Maximilian Gunther and Nick Cassidy completed a 1-2-3 for the Italian squad.

But the Motopark team's cars came on strong as the session progressed, Sette Camara vaulting into contention on the penultimate lap.

The Brazilian then crossed the line after the flag had fallen with a 1m21.011s lap that bettered Stroll's previous best by 0.207 seconds.

But Sette Camara is in the midst of serving a trio of 10-place grid penalties for an engine change in the most recent round at Spa - he has already taken one of them - meaning Stroll will start from pole.

Cassidy also moved ahead of Gunther late on, so he will line up on the front row, with Gunther third.

George Russell will start from fourth position in his Hitech GP machine, and ended the session in front of Guan Yu Zhou and recent Masters of F3 winner Joel Eriksson, who emphasised Motopark's strong form by provisionally locking out the third row for the team.

But Zhou subsequently had his fastest time deleted for impeding Pedro Piquet, dropping him to eighth on the grid.

Ralf Aron makes it all four Prema cars in the top six on the grid, while Van Amersfoort Racing appeared to lack outright pace, with Callum Ilott heading the Dutch squad's quartet in seventh.

The top 10 is completed by Niko Kari (Motopark) and Anthoine Hubert (VAR), with Sette Camara starting from 11th.

The grid is down to a low of 17 cars this weekend with the withdrawal of Carlin, although the whole field was covered by just 0.976s.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m21.011s
2 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.207s
3 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.342s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.382s
5 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.412s
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.455s
7 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.483s
8 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.494s
9 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.531s
10 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.537s
11 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.579s
12 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.733s
13 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.735s
14 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.753s
15 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.764s
16 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.841s
17 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.976s


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