Nurburgring European F3: Rosenqvist pips Russell to race one pole

Felix Rosenqvist took another step towards the Formula 3 European Championship title by taking pole position for the first race of the penultimate event at the Nurburgring

Nurburgring European F3: Rosenqvist pips Russell to race one pole

The veteran Swede staved off a challenge from an on-form George Russell to take the top spot in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes by 0.152 seconds.

Recent Prema recruit Nick Cassidy looked good for pole with a few minutes remaining, before Rosenqvist set a 1m21.220s to take fastest time with three minutes to go.

Russell - working in tandem with the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Red Bull junior Callum Ilott - then chimed in with a 1m21.278s, only for Rosenqvist to improve to 1m21.126s just before the chequered flag.

"There was quite a lot of traffic and mayhem going on," said Rosenqvist, "which is to be expected on this circuit.

"It seems that the rule change [precluding drivers from backing off in search of a clear space] has made things more complicated because you get stuck behind and lose a second a lap.

"So it was quite hard to nail a lap, and you're finding more in your driving than in the peak of your tyre - you just have to do a decent lap and hope for the best, but it's the same for everyone."

Behind 2014 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Russell, who is on the front row for the fourth time this season, Cassidy and Ilott will form the second row, with Jake Dennis making it three English drivers in the top five in his Prema car.

Rosenqvist's main title rivals Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Carlin) will start sixth and seventh.

The remainder of the top 10 is dominated by drivers from German teams, with Mucke Motorsport's Mikkel Jensen taking eighth from Motopark duo Markus Pommer and Sergio Sette Camara.

Meanwhile, Alessio Lorandi will lose his 17th place on the grid with his third trio of 10-place engine-change grid penalties of the season.

The Italian picked up gravel in his radiator in the final race last time out at the Algarve circuit and one of the stones also knocked his radio antenna, putting him out of communication with the Van Amersfoort pit and leading him to continue until the engine was cooked.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m21.126s 10
2 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.152s 12
3 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.253s 11
4 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.314s 13
5 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.357s 11
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.406s 13
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.527s 12
8 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.530s 12
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.619s 11
10 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.623s 10
11 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.623s 11
12 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.695s 11
13 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.810s 13
14 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.844s 10
15 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.867s 11
16 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 0.869s 13
17 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.890s 13
18 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 0.961s 11
19 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.052s 12
20 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1.053s 11
21 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.125s 13
22 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.133s 13
23 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.174s 11
24 Felix Serralles KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.282s 13
25 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.344s 12
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.394s 12
27 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.462s 15
28 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.541s 15
29 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.590s 12
30 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1.707s 15
31 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.054s 13
32 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2.552s 13
33 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 4.761s 9


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