Zandvoort European Formula 3: Norris on pole for final two races

Lando Norris made it a hat-trick of Zandvoort poles by claiming first place for races two and three in the Formula 3 European Championship's second qualifying session of the weekend

Zandvoort European Formula 3: Norris on pole for final two races

The 20-minute event was disrupted by a red flag with four minutes remaining after Norris's Carlin team-mate Jehan Daruvala crashed at the high-speed Mastersbocht right-hander.

At this point Norris sat on top of the pile, with Ferdinand Habsburg second and Maximilian Gunther third.

After the restart, there was time for two flying laps, but the second of these was also hampered when David Beckmann spun at the Turn 10 left-hander, causing a yellow flag.

Even so, Norris had already improved his previous best on his first flier by 0.233 seconds, after fellow Brits Jake Hughes and Callum Ilott had briefly sat on pole as they were further ahead on the track.

Norris's final margin over second-placed Ilott - who was just ninth before the stoppage - was 0.123s, while his pre-red-flag best was enough to earn him pole for the weekend's final race, for which grid positions are based on second-best times.

"It was good but bloody tricky in terms of not just being caught out by the red flag but also the yellow," said McLaren-Honda protege Norris.

"I was only a tenth down on my best [on the final lap] but Beckmann [who had rejoined in front of Norris] braked on the line at the chicane - I had to overtake him and lost two tenths, but it didn't matter in the end."

Prema Powerteam driver Ilott had a purple first sector and green middle on the final lap, but had to slow for the Beckmann-caused yellow, and his resultant time drops him to fourth on the grid for race three.

"We made a couple of changes and everyone as a team struggled with snap-oversteer," reported Ilott.

"We were just settling down when the red flag came, but it wasn't so bad at the end."

Hughes, still suffering some problems with a trapped nerve in his neck on new-tyre runs, was happy with third for Hitech GP, but is only seventh on the grid for race three.

"The car's been mega all weekend; I just couldn't drive it yesterday," he said.

Instead, it's Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg who continues his strong weekend by joining Norris on the front row for the finale, with the Austrian fourth for race two.

Championship leader Maximilian Gunther planted his Prema car fifth for race two and third for the final race, while Hitech's Nikita Mazepin was sixth overall but down in 12th on second-best times.

Completing the top 10 for race two are Guan Yu Zhou, Beckmann, Harrison Newey and title contender Joel Eriksson, who suffered a repeat of his mid-season qualifying woes after a brief respite on Friday.

Prema's Ferrari junior Zhou moves up to fifth for the finale, with Eriksson looking better in sixth, as Hughes, Beckmann, Pedro Piquet and Ralf Aron complete the top 10.

Grid for race two

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.038s -
2 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.161s 0.123s
3 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.220s 0.182s
4 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.343s 0.305s
5 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.370s 0.332s
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.381s 0.343s
7 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.427s 0.389s
8 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.505s 0.467s
9 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.585s 0.547s
10 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.662s 0.624s
11 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.673s 0.635s
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.771s 0.733s
13 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.930s 0.892s
14 Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.983s 0.945s
15 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.996s 0.958s
16 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.026s 0.988s
17 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.238s 1.200s
18 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.514s 1.476s
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.050s 2.012s

Grid for race three

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.271s -
2 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.349s 0.078s
3 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.381s 0.110s
4 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.636s 0.365s
5 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.729s 0.458s
6 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.743s 0.472s
7 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m28.814s 0.543s
8 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.021s 0.750s
9 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.027s 0.756s
10 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.081s 0.810s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.082s 0.811s
12 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.152s 0.881s
13 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.215s 0.944s
14 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.288s 1.017s
15 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.418s 1.147s
16 Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.471s 1.200s
17 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.604s 1.333s
18 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.052s 1.781s
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.068s 1.797s


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