Hockenheim European F3: Marciello secures double pole

Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello stole a decisive march on Felix Rosenqvist in the fight for the Formula 3 European Championship by taking a double pole position for the season finale at Hockenheim

Hockenheim European F3: Marciello secures double pole

Prema Powerteam driver Marciello was languishing in fifth place in the first session with a minute to go, but dug deep for a 1m33.778s lap to usurp Rosenqvist by 0.090s.

Prior to Marciello's lap, the top five drivers had been separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Marciello also topped the second twenty-minute session with a 1m33.495s lap in his Dallara-Mercedes, and added second place on the race-two grid, which is based on second-fastest Q1 times.

Mucke Motorsport driver Rosenqvist, who is 45.5 points behind Marciello in the championship with 75 on offer this weekend, added to his pair of front-row starts with pole for race two.

Behind the title contenders, Carlin's Harry Tincknell was the star performer. The Briton took a pair of thirds and a fourth in the best of the Volkswagen-engined cars.

Prema's Alex Lynn beat him to third on the race-two grid and added a fourth for race one. But he will start only 20th in Sunday's final race after going off at the entrance to the stadium section and damaging the floor of his car.

Double R driver Antonio Giovinazzi had easily his best qualifying session of the year, the young Italian netting a trio of top-eight starting spots including a career-best sixth for race two.

The Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing team was also strong, especially in Q1 as Sven Muller and Dennis van de Laar took seventh and eighth.

Nick Cassidy, who is standing in for Daniil Kvyat at Carlin this weekend, and making his first F3 appearance since the Norisring in July, was an excellent sixth on the grid for race three.

Stefano Coletti, whose Ma-con car was repaired after a puncture-induced trip into the gravel during practice, will start 24th, 25th and 28th for his return weekend to F3 competition after four years away.

 Race one grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap  1. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.778s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m33.868s +0.090s 3. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m33.928s +0.150s 4. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.943s +0.165s 5. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.981s +0.203s 6. Sven Muller Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.106s +0.328s 7. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.115s +0.337s 8. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m34.124s +0.346s 9. Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m34.213s +0.435s 10. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.260s +0.482s 11. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.274s +0.496s 12. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.450s +0.672s 13. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.506s +0.728s 14. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.540s +0.762s 15. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.560s +0.782s 16. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 1m34.592s +0.814s 17. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.663s +0.885s 18. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.700s +0.922s 19. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.708s +0.930s 20. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.753s +0.975s 21. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.841s +1.063s 22. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m34.924s +1.146s 23. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.141s +1.363s 24. Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m35.224s +1.446s 25. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m35.321s +1.543s 26. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m35.362s +1.584s 27. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m35.480s +1.702s 28. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.808s +2.030s  Race two grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap  1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m33.937s 2. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.018s +0.081s 3. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.028s +0.091s 4. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.045s +0.108s 5. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.059s +0.122s 6. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m34.176s +0.239s 7. Sven Muller Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.228s +0.291s 8. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.372s +0.435s 9. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.380s +0.443s 10. Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m34.390s +0.453s 11. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.399s +0.462s 12. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.484s +0.547s 13. Luis Felipe Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.526s +0.589s 14. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 1m34.653s +0.716s 15. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.673s +0.736s 16. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.748s +0.811s 17. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.801s +0.864s 18. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.814s +0.877s 19. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.868s +0.931s 20. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.883s +0.946s 21. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.934s +0.997s 22. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.233s +1.296s 23. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m35.430s +1.493s 24. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m35.558s +1.621s 25. Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m35.679s +1.742s 26. Richard Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m35.710s +1.773s 27. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.852s +1.915s 28. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m36.145s +2.208s  Race three grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap  1. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.495s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m33.563s +0.068s 3. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m33.680s +0.185s 4. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.682s +0.187s 5. Jordan King Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.831s +0.336s 6. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW 1m33.834s +0.339s 7. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m33.864s +0.369s 8. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m33.896s +0.401s 9. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 1m33.935s +0.440s 10. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m33.967s +0.472s 11. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m33.968s +0.473s 12. Luis Felipe Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.034s +0.539s 13. Sven Muller Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.092s +0.597s 14. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m34.100s +0.605s 15. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m34.198s +0.703s 16. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.310s +0.815s 17. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.384s +0.889s 18. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m34.399s +0.904s 19. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m34.486s +0.991s 20. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m34.489s +0.994s 21. Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m34.499s +1.004s 22. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m34.512s +1.017s 23. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m34.530s +1.035s 24. Richard Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m35.012s +1.517s 25. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.138s +1.643s 26. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m35.164s +1.669s 27. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m35.321s +1.826s 28. Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m35.753s +2.258s 

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