Misano European F3: Mick Schumacher leads Prema top four on grid

Mick Schumacher claimed pole position for the opening race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Misano

Misano European F3: Mick Schumacher leads Prema top four on grid

Schumacher headed a Prema Powerteam 1-2-3-4 on the Italian squad's home ground, pipping Marcus Armstrong by 0.019 seconds, with Guan Yu Zhou 0.058s adrift of pole and Robert Shwartzman just 0.071s off the pace.

Most of the field used two full sets of Hankook tyres from their weekend allocation of three sets, with rain forecast from Saturday afternoon onwards.

But Prema boss Rene Rosin said that using two sets in Q1 - despite Q2 counting for two races - is a strategy the team has tried before.

"It was just to get the confidence with the first set, to get the time on the second," he said.

"We have used this strategy at previous races, and we continued with what was our plan.

"The time always comes on the second set anyway [hence it's not a problem having only one fresh set if Q2 is dry]."

Rosin also said that "Mick did a great job in qualifying", a discipline at which he struggled before his breakthrough pole last month at Spa.

The fastest driver not representing Prema, which has not carried out a private test at Misano for three years, was championship leader Dan Ticktum in fifth position.

The Red Bull junior topped the two-day pre-season official test at the Adriatic track, but could not better the leading Prema quartet this time, although his Motopark machine was within a tenth of pole.

Top Carlin driver was Jehan Daruvala in sixth, the Indian dropping from a mid-session provisional pole after everyone had completed their first runs.

A pair of Motopark drivers will line up on the fourth row, with recent form man Juri Vips pipping Jonathan Aberdein to seventh.

Ralf Aron's frustrations have carried over from Silverstone, the Estonian proving the odd man out of the Prema quintet as he took ninth, while Carlin's Sacha Fenestraz completed the top 10.

Enaam Ahmed beat Hitech GP team-mate Alex Palou to 11th, Palou dropping from second after the first runs.

Surprise Silverstone poleman Fabio Scherer only got out in the middle of the session when everyone started their second runs, and was 17th in his Motopark car.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m27.934s -
2 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m27.953s 0.019s
3 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m27.992s 0.058s
4 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.015s 0.081s
5 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.020s 0.086s
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.067s 0.133s
7 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.172s 0.238s
8 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.177s 0.243s
9 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.224s 0.290s
10 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.254s 0.320s
11 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.257s 0.323s
12 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.283s 0.349s
13 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.288s 0.354s
14 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.294s 0.360s
15 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.351s 0.417s
16 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.513s 0.579s
17 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.597s 0.663s
18 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.620s 0.686s
19 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.682s 0.748s
20 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.987s 1.053s
21 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.423s 1.489s
22 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.519s 1.585s


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