Hockenheim Euro F3: Giovinazzi and Dennis take pole positions

Antonio Giovinazzi pipped Jake Dennis for pole position for the second Formula 3 European Championship race of the final round at Hockenheim, but Dennis will line up at the front for race three

Hockenheim Euro F3: Giovinazzi and Dennis take pole positions

Dennis looked to have done enough for a double pole in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, only for a last-lap effort from Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen driver Giovinazzi to edge out the Briton by a mere two thousandths of a second.

With conditions bitterly cold the peak tyre life of the Hankook rubber was extended and, as well as Giovinazzi, Prema's champion Felix Rosenqvist and Hitech GP man Alexander Sims were able to vault onto the second row for race two on the final lap.

"It was quite tough because the time was coming, coming, coming lap by lap," said Giovinazzi, who has also secured a front-row start for race three.

"Also it was difficult because I had a problem with the mirrors so I couldn't see the situation behind me [to find a clear space].

"On the second-last lap I made a little bit of a mistake in the last corner so I really focused a lot on the last one - it's good after two really hard weekends."

Dennis was happy to take the fastest second-best time, which decides the grid for race three, if disappointed to miss out on a double pole.

"Prema went with a strategy and it was working quite well, but Felix made a mistake on his first push lap," he said.

"Then I got into a space and that allowed me to take P1 - the car was really good; I couldn't have got much more out of it."

Rosenqvist will start third for both races, but Sims is only ninth in the line-up for race three.

Prema newboy Maximilian Gunther continued his strong return with fifth and fourth, while Alexander Albon in his Signature car is next up on both grids.

Mikkel Jensen will line up seventh for both races in his Mucke Motorsport car, while Prema's Ferrari junior Lance Stroll took an eighth and a 10th.

Markus Pommer is ninth and eighth in his Motopark machine, with Carlin's George Russell completing the top 10 for race two but planting himself in sixth on the grid for race three.

Charles Leclerc, who is fighting a battle with Giovinazzi and Dennis for the championship runner-up spot, continued his tail-end-of-the-season slide with 12th on the grid for race two, and 16th for the finale.

RACE TWO GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.089s
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.002s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.050s
4 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.072s
5 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.079s
6 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.157s
7 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.207s
8 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.305s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.338s
10 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.340s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.390s
12 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.441s
13 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.488s
14 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.494s
15 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.500s
16 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.581s
17 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.737s
18 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 0.739s
19 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.766s
20 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.772s
21 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 0.835s
22 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.881s
23 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.113s
24 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.343s
25 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.370s
26 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.384s
27 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1.472s
28 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.530s
29 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.550s
30 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.569s
31 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.789s
32 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 2.534s
33 Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 2.894s

RACE THREE GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.169s
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.056s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.138s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.192s
5 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.193s
6 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.332s
7 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.362s
8 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.382s
9 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.387s
10 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.395s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.467s
12 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.502s
13 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.528s
14 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.536s
15 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.541s
16 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.583s
17 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 0.779s
18 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.818s
19 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.855s
20 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 0.978s
21 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.089s
22 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.247s
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.278s
24 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.283s
25 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.362s
26 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1.424s
27 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.428s
28 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.473s
29 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.531s
30 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.585s
31 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.991s
32 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 2.463s
33 Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 3.526s

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