Hamilton Takes Second Pole

Lewis Hamilton left it until the final 10 minutes of qualifying to show his hand in qualifying for this weekend's first Formula Three Euroseries race at the Norisring, but quickly stamped his authority on the field to claim another dominant pole position

Hamilton Takes Second Pole

The championship leader had spent the first half of the session at the bottom of the timesheets as he sat in the pits, and just as he came out to put in his first serious laps the session was red-flagged. Spaniard Alejandro Nunez had had an embarrassing crash after spinning backwards into the pit-wall when he lost control of his car as he tried to warm-up his tyres.

When the session restarted a few minutes later, Hamilton instantly moved to the time of the timesheets. Further improvements kept him at the top for his second pole of the weekend. The Briton's best time of 48.874 seconds was almost three tenths faster than ASM teammate Adrian Sutil.

Sutil put in his best lap right at the end of the session, having lost an earlier effort after some wheel-banging with Marco Bonanomi, but again it was not enough to overhaul Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel claimed the third spot, just 0.013 seconds slower than Sutil, with Paul di Resta fourth quickest ahead of Kohei Hirate and James Rossiter.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Lewis Hamilton Dallara F305 Mercedes 48.874 2. Adrian Sutil Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.110 3. Sebastian Vettel Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.123 4. Paul di Resta Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.159 5. Kohei Hirate Dallara F305 Opel 49.279 6. James Rossiter Dallara F305 Opel 49.289 7. Giedo van der Garde Dallara F305 Opel 49.345 8. Franck Perera Dallara F305 Opel 49.350 9. Marco Bonanomi Dallara F305 Opel 49.374 10. Loic Duval Dallara F305 Opel 49.397 11. Lucas di Grassi Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.484 12. Esteban Guerrieri Dallara F305 Toms Toyota 49.503 13. Atila Abreu Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.510 14. Guillaume Moreau Dallara F305 Opel 49.547 15. Hannes Neuhauser Dallara F305 Mercedes 49.565 16. Fabio Carbone SLC R1 Opel 49.726 17. Greg Franchi Dallara F305 Opel 50.223 18. Nico Verdonck Dallara F305 Toms Toyota 50.238 19. Thomas Holzer Dallara F305 Opel 50.407 20. Filip Salaquarda Dallara F305 Opel 50.684 21. Alejandro Nunez Dallara F305 Opel 51.076 
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