Spa European F3: George Russell claims double pole for Hitech

George Russell claimed a double pole position in the second qualifying session of the Formula 3 European Championship round at Spa

Spa European F3: George Russell claims double pole for Hitech

With the F3 cars on a dry track for the first time this weekend, Russell set two laps quicker than the best anyone else could manage in his Hitech Grand Prix Dallara-Mercedes, meaning he takes pole for races two and three.

Russell's final margin over second-quickest Joel Eriksson was 0.108 seconds.

"It was a bit tough with it being the first time on slicks the whole weekend, and it was quite slippery to be honest - the lap times were a bit slow," said Russell, the 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner.

"That made it tough to drive and a bit of a handful, but we got it right as a team and it was really good.

"If only this was a Pau or a Zandvoort where you can't overtake!"

Series rookie Eriksson, on his first taste of the Spa circuit in an F3 car in the dry, managed to take the second-fastest second-best time too, so the Swede will line up his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen on the front row for races two and three.

"I had my reference in my head, so I plugged it in and worked up to those reference points," he said.

Nikita Mazepin made a huge jump in performance to take third-fastest time in his Hitech car, while Mikkel Jensen stamped in a big one-off improvement late in the session to plant his Mucke Motorsport car in fourth, although the Dane's second-best time is good only for 12th.

Ben Barnicoat made it three Hitech cars in the top five, and his ultra-consistent performance was enough to elevate him to third on the grid for race three.

Callum Ilott bounced back from his first-qualifying disaster to take sixth ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Anthoine Hubert, and the duo moves up to fourth and fifth on the grid for race three, with Mazepin's second-best time putting him sixth.

The big shock of the session was the form of the all-conquering Prema Powerteam, with Maximilian Gunther the best of the team's quartet in eighth (for both races) and championship leader Lance Stroll down in 11th, although he improves to ninth for race three.

Mucke's David Beckmann was ninth overall, and moves up to seventh on the grid for race three.

Tenth overall was the Motopark car of Guan Yu Zhou, with Prema's Nick Cassidy (13th overall) taking that position for race three.

RACE TWO QUALIFYING

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.110s -
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.218s 0.108s
3 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.403s 0.293s
4 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.554s 0.444s
5 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.566s 0.456s
6 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.599s 0.489s
7 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.646s 0.536s
8 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.700s 0.590s
9 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.793s 0.683s
10 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.853s 0.743s
11 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.033s 0.923s
12 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.035s 0.925s
13 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.145s 1.035s
14 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.371s 1.261s
15 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.609s 1.499s
16 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.615s 1.505s
17 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.669s 1.559s
18 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.815s 1.705s
19 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 2m14.049s 1.939s
20 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.110s 2.000s
21 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.446s 3.336s

RACE THREE QUALIFYING

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.156s -
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.374s 0.218s
3 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.654s 0.498s
4 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.748s 0.592s
5 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.800s 0.644s
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.817s 0.661s
7 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.830s 0.674s
8 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.988s 0.832s
9 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.148s 0.992s
10 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.264s 1.108s
11 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.308s 1.152s
12 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.510s 1.354s
13 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.537s 1.381s
14 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.631s 1.475s
15 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.700s 1.544s
16 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.804s 1.648s
17 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.816s 1.660s
18 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.938s 1.782s
19 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.153s 1.997s
20 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 2m14.407s 2.251s
21 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.881s 3.725s

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