Spa European F3: Lando Norris takes clean sweep of pole positions

McLaren-Honda protege Lando Norris completed a perfect day at Spa by claiming pole position for races two and three of the Formula 3 European Championship round in second qualifying

Spa European F3: Lando Norris takes clean sweep of pole positions

Norris and fellow British teenager Callum Ilott were in a class of their own, half a second clear of the opposition, with the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen-mounted triple poleman finishing up 0.171 seconds clear.

Ilott got closer on second-best times, his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes 0.081s adrift of Norris on the race three grid.

Norris felt the small benefit of a tow from rapid Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou - who ended up third on each grid - on both of his quick laps; he was close enough to pick up some tow, but not so close that he lost time in the downforce-dependent middle sector.

"The tow wasn't amazing, but it was maybe worth a few tenths over the whole lap," he said.

"It's better to get a small tow than to get screwed in the middle sector.

"The car felt much better [than in first qualifying] - we made some improvements and the track also improved a lot, but Callum was a bit close!"

Ilott in turn didn't pick up a tow on his second-best lap, but did get one from Joey Mawson when he set his fastest time late in the session.

"The tyres had gone by then and I was hanging on in the middle sector," he said.

"If I'd got a tow when the tyres were better I could have been P1."

Alongside Zhou, championship leader Maximilian Gunther completes an all-Prema second row for races two and three.

Zhou has been penalised three places on the grid for race one - dropping from sixth to ninth - for blocking Mawson at the end of the earlier session.

Jake Hughes continued his good form, edging team-mate Nikita Mazepin for an all-Hitech GP third row for race two.

Hughes repeated that position for the finale, with Mazepin failing to get a quick second lap in.

Carlin team-mates Jehan Daruvala and Ferdinand Habsburg share row four for race two, while the top 10 is rounded out by Hitech's Ralf Aron and Van Amersfoort Racing's Pedro Piquet.

Daruvala and Aron move up to sixth and seventh respectively for race three, with Habsburg eighth from Harrison Newey and Joel Eriksson.

It was another miserable session for Motopark's title contender Eriksson, who rued a lack of grip after the first qualifying period.

In this one he ended up 12th on the grid for race two, 10th for race three.

RACE TWO QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.120s -
2 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.291s 0.171s
3 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.684s 0.564s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.773s 0.653s
5 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.823s 0.703s
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.830s 0.710s
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.891s 0.771s
8 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.921s 0.801s
9 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.942s 0.822s
10 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.050s 0.930s
11 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.175s 1.055s
12 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.206s 1.086s
13 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.235s 1.115s
14 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.285s 1.165s
15 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.457s 1.337s
16 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.979s 1.859s
17 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.250s 2.130s
18 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.419s 2.299s

RACE THREE QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.307s -
2 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.388s 0.081s
3 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.780s 0.473s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.781s 0.474s
5 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.906s 0.599s
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.912s 0.605s
7 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.958s 0.651s
8 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.959s 0.652s
9 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.210s 0.903s
10 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.276s 0.969s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.376s 1.069s
12 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.387s 1.080s
13 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.545s 1.238s
14 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.677s 1.370s
15 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.136s 1.829s
16 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.161s 1.854s
17 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.448s 2.141s
18 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.456s 2.149s


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