Hamilton on pole for season finale

Formula Three Euroseries champion Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's final race of the year from pole position, after he grabbed the top spot in a hard-fought first qualifying session

Hamilton on pole for season finale

The ASM driver had to give best to the Manor Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes of Lucas di Grassi for much of the session. But with six minutes remaining, Hamilton scalped a couple of tenths from di Grassi's time to ensure he will have the best possible chance of ending his title-winning year on a high.

Few drivers managed to improve their times in the closing minutes and di Grassi ended the session as the only man within half a second of Hamilton's pace in second spot.

Manor had started the session strongly, with both di Grassi and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Paul di Resta topping the timesheets early on. But while the Brazilian held on to a front-row slot, the Scot dropped back down the order to seventh.

Rookie Guillaume Moreau again outshone his Signature teammates Loic Duval and James Rossiter to claim an excellent third on the grid - and top Opel-powered car - while Maximilian Gotz bounced back from a practice session off to qualify fourth on his debut as replacement for A1 GP-bound Adrian Sutil at ASM.

Giedo van der Garde ended the session in fifth, a tenth ahead of di Resta, while Sebastian Vettel, Atila Abreu, Duval and Rossiter rounded off the top 10.

The qualifying session for tomorrow's opening race takes place tomorrow morning.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton ASM F3 1:34.132 14 2. Lucas di Grassi Manor Motorsport + 0.228 14 3. Guillaume Moreau Signature + 0.456 16 4. Maximilian Götz ASM F3 + 0.578 14 5. G. van der Garde Team Rosberg + 0.683 14 6. Paul di Resta Manor Motorsport + 0.768 12 7. Sebastian Vettel ASL Mucke Motorsport + 0.853 12 8. Atila Abreu ASL Mucke Motorsport + 0.995 16 9. Loic Duval Signature-Plus + 1.023 15 10. James Rossiter Signature-Plus + 1.031 17 11. Franck Perera Prema Powerteam + 1.050 14 12. Hannes Neuhauser HBR Motorsport + 1.244 16 13. Marco Bonanomi Prema Powerteam + 1.257 17 14. Ben Clucas Team Midland Euroseries + 1.322 16 15. Alejandro Nunez HBR Motorsport + 1.407 14 16. Esteban Guerrieri Team Midland Euroseries + 1.509 18 17. Filip Salaquarda Team I.S.R.18. + 1.522 16 18. Greg Franchi Prema Powerteam + 1.547 16 19. Thomas Holzer AM-Holzer Rennsport + 2.173 15 20. Fabio Carbone Signature + 2.537 11 21. Kohei Hirate Team Rosberg + 2.600 15 All Timing Unofficial 
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