Norisring European F3: Lotus junior Alexander Albon takes two poles

Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon took a double pole position for races two and three of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Norisring

Norisring European F3: Lotus junior Alexander Albon takes two poles

In so doing, the London-born Thai put the French Signature team on top for the first time since it returned to F3 at the end of last season after a three-year absence.

Albon headed first-race polewinner Charles Leclerc in the odd-numbered group by a gargantuan - by Norisring standards - 0.196 seconds, thanks to a slipstream on the run out of the final corner, but his second-fastest time, which decided the grid for race three, was unassisted and he was able to beat Antonio Giovinazzi by 0.078s.

"In Q1 the car was there - I just needed to find that extra bit," said Albon.

"For Q2 we made a few small changes and I'm really happy with how it went - really a big thanks to the team, as we were quick straight away and seemed to have the set-up down."

Albon, Leclerc, Giovinazzi and Santino Ferrucci all emulated the example set by Jake Dennis in the earlier, even-numbered group by pitting for new rubber just after the halfway point of the session.

Carlin runner Giovinazzi was able to set a time just 0.003s off his earlier best to leapfrog the Van Amersfoort Racing car of Leclerc on second-best times.

Meanwhile, Mucke Motorsport pair Ferrucci and Mikkel Jensen both demoted Felix Rosenqvist out of the top five in group (and top 10 on the grid) on the very last lap of the session, although Rosenqvist beat Jensen to fifth on second-best times.

Starting alongside Albon on the front row for both races is 2014 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell, who completed a sparkling day for rookies by pipping Dennis to quickest in group on both fastest and second-best times.

Albon's fellow Lotus F1 protege and Signature team-mate Dorian Boccolacci held fastest time until the last lap, when Prema man Dennis and Russell - running in tandem - both demoted him.

What Russell made up in slipstream from Dennis he forfeited in the middle of the lap, with a wild slide at the chicane that he held magnificently to propel his Carlin machine to the top of the times by 0.019s.

Russell, Dennis and Boccolacci took second, fourth and sixth respectively on the grid for races two and three, but there was a shuffle behind.

Spa aerial crash victim Gustavo Menezes - with his name stickered upside down on the cockpit side by his Carlin team - beat Brandon Maisano and first-race front-row man Maximilian Gunther to fourth, with the order being Maisano, Gunther and Menezes for race three.

RACE TWO STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 48.099s
2 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.353s
3 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.295s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.372s
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.302s
6 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 48.384s
7 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.353s
8 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.491s
9 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.412s
10 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.515s
11 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.424s
12 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.518s
13 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.482s
14 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.556s
15 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.540s
16 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.559s
17 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.581s
18 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.645s
19 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 48.671s
20 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 48.786s
21 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.681s
22 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 48.791s
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.782s
24 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.807s
25 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.909s
26 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 49.114s
27 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.547s
28 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.919s
29 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 49.148s
30 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 48.940s
31 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 49.474s
32 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 49.352s

RACE THREE STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 48.227s
2 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.408s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.305s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.493s
5 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.336s
6 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 48.521s
7 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.536s
8 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.478s
9 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.543s
10 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.494s
11 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.550s
12 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.368s
13 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.499s
14 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.592s
15 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.623s
16 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 48.636s
17 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.649s
18 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.683s
19 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 48.788s
20 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 48.834s
21 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 48.828s
22 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 48.927s
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.875s
24 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 48.972s
25 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 48.630s
26 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.946s
27 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 49.118s
28 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 48.994s
29 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 49.184s
30 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 49.043s
31 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 49.651s
32 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 49.447s


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