Williams F1 junior Lance Stroll loses Zandvoort F3 pole positions

Williams Formula 1 protege Lance Stroll has lost his two pole positions for the Formula 3 European championship round at Zandvoort after his car was found to have a suspension irregularity

Williams F1 junior Lance Stroll loses Zandvoort F3 pole positions

Stroll topped second qualifying and also set the fastest second-best time, giving him pole for races two and three, but his Prema Powerteam car was found to contravene article 10.3.3 of the FIA's F3 technical regulations.

These state: "The overall cross-sections of each member of every suspension component (with any nonstructural shroud for wheel tethers included) must have an aspect ratio no greater than 3.5:1 and be symmetrical about its major axis.

"All suspension components may however have sections with an aspect ratio greater than 3.5:1, and be non-symmetrical, provided these are adjacent to their inner and outer attachments and form no more than 25% of the total distance between the attachments of the relevant member.

"All measurements will be made perpendicular to a line drawn between the inner and outer attachments of the relevant member."

The stewards' verdict into the scrutineering findings read: "Suspension members aspect ratio more than 3.5:1."

Prema has renounced its right to appeal the decision, and championship leader Stroll will start both races from the rear of the grid.

It does not affect his grid position for race one, for which he qualified third.

Team manager Rene Rosin said: "We fitted Lance's car with a new component used for the first time here in Zandvoort, for the front suspension but the usual measurement check was not conducted.

"It was an error that made no difference to the car's performance but a crucial mistake that eventually led to his disqualification. We accept responsibility for the error."

Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara, who was due to start alongside Stroll on the front row for race three, has also been excluded from the same session because of an airbox contravention.

The stewards held that the "intake system was not capable of sustaining a vacuum of 0.2 bar".

Sette Camara's team Motopark has also stated that it will not appeal.

The post-scrutineering decisions move Callum Ilott onto pole position for race two, with first-race poleman Nick Cassidy alongside him.

For the second race, Maximilian Gunther moves onto pole with Cassidy completing a hat-trick of front-row slots.

REVISED RACE TWO GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.891s 12
2 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.022s 8
3 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.036s 8
4 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.126s 12
5 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.196s 8
6 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.205s 12
7 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.216s 12
8 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.230s 12
9 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.280s 12
10 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.360s 12
11 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.439s 12
12 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.445s 12
13 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.560s 12
14 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.591s 12
15 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.671s 10
16 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.702s 12
17 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.983s 10
18 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.366s 12
- Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes -0.129 13
- Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.023s 12

REVISED RACE THREE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.966s
2 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.144s
3 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.152s
4 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.157s
5 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.239s
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.277s
7 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.339s
8 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.394s
9 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.427s
10 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.430s
11 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.448s
12 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.539s
13 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.602s
14 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.699s
15 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.704s
16 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.877s
17 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.199s
18 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.451s
- Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes -0.185
- Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen -0.039


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