Spa European F3: Lando Norris beats Callum Ilott to Spa pole

McLaren-Honda protege Lando Norris earned pole position for the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship round at Spa, heading a British 1-2-3

Spa European F3: Lando Norris beats Callum Ilott to Spa pole

Norris and his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen headed Callum Ilott by 0.225 seconds to complete a clean sweep of the sessions held so far.

Seventeen-year-old Norris was quickest in both free practice sessions, which were both held on a wet track.

He sat out almost all the second session as Carlin elected to save wet-weather tyres, then grabbed top spot with a single flying lap right at the end.

With Tuesday's test also taking place in the wet, qualifying was the first dry running at Spa with the new-for-2017 Dallara aero.

"We'd never driven here with the new package on the F3 car," pointed out Norris, who set two laps good enough for pole.

"It was difficult, because the track anyway is quite harsh on tyres, so you knew the times wouldn't be done on lap seven or eight.

"But it was tough to go out and nail it at the start when the tyres were at their best.

"I got a good lap, with no slipstream, but I think there's a bit to find because I improved my driving a lot."

Ilott's lap was good enough to plant his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes on the front row in the face of a late challenge from Jake Hughes.

Hughes's Hitech GP machine was especially quick in the middle sector and Hughes went purple there on the final lap, only to lose time in the last part of the course.

Joining Hughes on the second row will be the Prema car of championship leader Maximilian Gunther.

Nikita Mazepin, who was quick at Spa in 2016, kept up his form on the Belgian circuit to put his Hitech car fifth, with Prema's Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou next up.

Jehan Daruvala will start from seventh on the grid for Carlin, with Hitech's Ralf Aron alongside him.

Completing the top 10 were Van Amersfoort Racing duo Harrison Newey and Pedro Piquet.

It was another miserable qualifying session for second-in-championship Joel Eriksson.

The Swede led the Motopark attack but was down in 12th place as his disappointing mid-season run continued at the circuit where he took his first F3 win last year.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.144s -
2 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.369s 0.225s
3 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.420s 0.276s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.588s 0.444s
5 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.668s 0.524s
6 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.918s 0.774s
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.969s 0.825s
8 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.077s 0.933s
9 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.095s 0.951s
10 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.105s 0.961s
11 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.110s 0.966s
12 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.131s 0.987s
13 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.166s 1.022s
14 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.311s 1.167s
15 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.616s 1.472s
16 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.045s 1.901s
17 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.096s 1.952s
18 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.332s 2.188s


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