Van der Garde on Lausitz Pole

Team Rosberg driver Giedo van der Garde will start from pole position at today's first F3 Euroseries race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany

Van der Garde on Lausitz Pole

The Dutchman timed his final lap to perfection in a session which started on wet tyres and finished on a rapidly-drying surface. He started his final run as the official timing flicked from one second remaining to zero. And as a result, he was able to make best use of the improving conditions to grab pole by over a tenth of a second.

German rookie Sebastian Vettel continued his impressive form by claiming second on the grid, again in the dying seconds of the session. ASM's Lewis Hamilton, who clinched the title last time out at Zandvoort, will start third after his final lap was slowed by traffic. Signature-Plus driver Loic Duval ended the session in fourth, ahead of Manor Motorsport's Lucas di Grassi, who was one of several drivers to spin. McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Paul di Resta, who claimed pole yesterday for the second race, crossed the line just after the session time ran out and was restricted to 13th.

"We hit the sweet spot," said van der Garde. "The track was still slippery in a lot of places - particularly in sector two - but we kept it together and the timing was perfect. We don't have a great wet set-up, I must admit, but we're in pole and hopefully we can have a good run from there."

Unfortunately for the pole-sitter, conditions for the race are likely to be wet. Heavy rain has caused chaos in both DTM practice and Sports Car Challenge qualifying since the F3 cars were on track.

Pos  Driver               Team                     Time              Laps
 1.  Giedo van der Garde  Team Rosberg             1:20.813           18
 2.  Sebastian Vettel     ASL Mucke Motorsport     1:20.944 + 0.131   20
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       ASM F3                   1:21.230 + 0.417   17
 4.  Loic Duval           Signature-Plus           1:21.307 + 0.494   18
 5.  Lucas di Grassi      Manor Motorsport         1:22.216 + 1.403   16
 6.  Atila Abreu          ASL Mucke Motorsport     1:22.326 + 1.513   19
 7.  Hannes Neuhauser     HBR Motorsport           1:22.378 + 1.565   18
 8.  Franck Perera        Prema Powerteam          1:22.561 + 1.748   18
 9.  Adrian Sutil         ASM F3                   1:22.658 + 1.845   18
10.  Esteban Guerrieri    Team Midland Euroseries  1:22.766 + 1.953   19
11.  James Rossiter       Signature-Plus           1:22.810 + 1.997   17
12.  Guillaume Moreau     Signature                1:22.824 + 2.011   19
13.  Paul di Resta        Manor Motorsport         1:23.181 + 2.368   16
14.  Robert Austin        Team Midland Euroseries  1:23.325 + 2.512   19
15.  Thomas Holzer        AM-Holzer Rennsport      1:23.351 + 2.538   20
16.  Fabio Carbone        Signature                1:23.910 + 3.097   19
17.  Greg Franchi         Prema Powerteam          1:24.421 + 3.608   20
18.  Marco Bonanomi       Prema Powerteam          1:24.594 + 3.781   20 
19.  Paolo Montin                                  1:24.623 + 3.810   16 
20.  Kohei Hirate         Team Rosberg             1:25.849 + 5.036   15 
21.  Alejandro Nunez      HBR Motorsport           1:26.328 + 5.515   18 
22.  Filip Salaquarda     Team I.S.R.              1:26.970 + 6.157   17 
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