Red Bull Formula 1 junior Dan Ticktum takes double Zandvoort pole

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum took a double pole position in the second qualifying session of the Formula 3 European Championship round at Zandvoort

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Dan Ticktum takes double Zandvoort pole

The Motopark-run Red Bull Formula 1 Junior found a clear path through a messy session that featured two red flags, gravel on the track at the chicane and the inevitable traffic problems on a circuit where fast corners flow into one another.

Ticktum's Dallara-Volkswagen was able to beat Prema Powerteam ace Ralf Aron for the overall fastest time by 0.171 seconds, and his second-best time - which earned him pole for race three - was also quicker than the fastest anyone else could manage.

"For the three hours between sessions we completely got our heads down," said Ticktum, who had claimed fifth on the grid for race one.

"I drove the car the same as before, and the car and myself were pretty hooked up.

"We just needed to switch the tyres on a little bit better and create the right amount of energy in them.

"I love this track - that definitely makes a difference because everything flows a bit: the car was dancing and it was mega."

Because of the chaos on track, the grids for races two and three are arguably the most divergent in championship history.
Prema men Aron, Mick Schumacher, Marcus Armstrong and Guan Yu Zhou were second, third, fifth and sixth for race two, but 17th, 18th, 23rd and fourth respectively for race three.

"The first lap I pushed I had a slower car in front of me, then there was gravel on track every lap," said Aron.

"The last lap was decent but then I got yellow flags - it was bloody unbelievable."

Armstrong, meanwhile, suffered a slipping clutch, consigning him to a back-row start for race three.

Splitting that Prema quartet on overall fastest times was Alex Palou, fourth fastest for Hitech GP, and he will line up eighth for race three.

Carlin made a small step forward from Q1 with Ferdinand Habsburg taking seventh and ninth spots, although the Austrian caused the second red flag right at the end of the session with an off into the gravel at the fast Mastersbocht right-hander.

The team's real star, however, was Nikita Troitskiy, who vaults from 12th for race two to third for race three.

Norisring winner Juri Vips was eighth in his Motopark machine but jumps forward to join team-mate Ticktum on the front row for the finale.

Rounding out the top 10 overall were Marino Sato (Motopark) in ninth and Prema man Robert Shwartzman.

Sato moves up to seventh for race three, while apart from Troitskiy there are three more drivers who leap into the top 10 for the finale.

These are Motopark's Fabio Scherer in fifth, the sixth-placed Carlin-run car of Jehan Daruvala and Motopark racer Jonathan Aberdein in 10th.

The other red flag was caused seven minutes in by a crash for Julian Hanses.

Race two qualifying

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.779s
2 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.171s
3 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.232s
4 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.268s
5 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.392s
6 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.395s
7 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.411s
8 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.414s
9 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.426s
10 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.446s
11 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.462s
12 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.552s
13 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.577s
14 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.613s
15 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.816s
16 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.851s
17 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.893s
18 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.218s
19 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.351s
20 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1.523s
21 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.765s
22 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.882s
23 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2.279s
24 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2.345s

Race three qualifying

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.938s
2 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.391s
3 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.471s
4 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.581s
5 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.659s
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.722s
7 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.758s
8 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.844s
9 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.857s
10 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.003s
11 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.020s
12 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.181s
13 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1.321s
14 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.720s
15 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.787s
16 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.006s
17 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.006s
18 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.140s
19 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2.203s
20 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2.212s
21 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 2.285s
22 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2.317s
23 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 4.241s
24 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 5.737s


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