Zandvoort European Formula 3: Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi share poles
Felix Rosenqvist pipped Antonio Giovinazzi to the fastest time in second Zandvoort Formula 3 European Championship qualifying, but the Swede only earned one of the two pole positions on offer
While Rosenqvist will start at the front for race two, he was unable to get anything like a clear lap thereafter and will line his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes up third for Sunday's finale.
Instead, it was Giovinazzi who topped the second-fastest laps, meaning he takes pole for the third race with his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen.
The majority of the field, in a departure with the F3 norm, headed for new tyres halfway through the session on a Zandvoort track that is extremely grippy this weekend.
Rosenqvist instantly eclipsed Giovinazzi's earlier best, which stood as pole for race three, while the Italian had to return to the pits to fix a problem with the left-front tyre.
Once he was back on track, he set a lap just nine thousandths slower than Rosenqvist's best.
"I feel like I won the lottery!" said Rosenqvist. "For me it's just stupid - there are too many cars.
"Three times I had similar sector one and two times [to his pole lap], and then in sector three some guy completely on purpose blocks you.
"I think we could have easily done two poles - I could have gone three tenths quicker."
While the leading duo were half a second clear of the rest, Markus Pommer continued his good weekend with third fastest for the Motopark team, while his second-best lap was good enough to give him his first European F3 front-row spot for Sunday.
Jake Dennis was another couple of tenths adrift of the German, heading Prema team-mate Lance Stroll as they took fourth and fifth respectively for races two and three.
Championship leader Charles Leclerc, who suffered earlier in first qualifying with tyres that went off after just one lap, continued a below-par outing with Van Amersfoort Racing to take sixth for race two, and is only 10th on the third-race grid.
Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon (Signature) and George Russell (Carlin) occupy the fourth row for both races, with Albon grabbing seventh for race two and Russell taking that spot for race three.
Sergio Sette Camara provided further proof of the form of Motopark - which won the Masters of F3 here last year with Max Verstappen - by qualifying ninth, with the Brazilian improving to sixth for race three.
Maximilian Gunther took 10th on the grid for race two, but the Norisring winner could only plant his Mucke Motorsport car 14th for race three.
His top-10 spot for that race is taken by the improved Ryan Tveter, the Carlin-run American lining up ninth.
RACE TWO QUALIFYING TIMES:
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m29.713s||-|
|2||Antonio Giovinazzi||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m29.722s||0.009s|
|4||Jake Dennis||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.426s||0.713s|
|5||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.450s||0.737s|
|6||Charles Leclerc||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m30.503s||0.790s|
|9||Sergio Sette Camara||Motopark||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m30.679s||0.966s|
|10||Maximilian Guenther||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.701s||0.988s|
|11||Santino Ferrucci||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.792s||1.079s|
|13||Ryan Tveter||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m30.942s||1.229s|
|15||Gustavo Menezes||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m31.308s||1.595s|
|16||Raoul Hyman||Team West-Tec F3||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.311s||1.598s|
|17||Brandon Maisano||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.311s||1.598s|
|19||Matt Solomon||Double R Racing||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.348s||1.635s|
|20||Michele Beretta||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.380s||1.667s|
|21||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m31.430s||1.717s|
|22||Mikkel Jensen||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.489s||1.776s|
|25||Pietro Fittipaldi||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.570s||1.857s|
|26||Kang Ling||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.698s||1.985s|
|27||Fabian Schiller||Team West-Tec F3||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.793s||2.080s|
|28||Nicolas Pohler||Double R Racing||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.954s||2.241s|
|29||Alessio Lorandi||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m32.287s||2.574s|
|30||Andy Chang||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.386s||2.673s|
|31||Matt Rao||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.968s||3.255s|
|33||Zhi Cong Li||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m33.335s||3.622s|
|-||Julio Moreno||ThreeBond with T-Sport||Dallara/NBE||1m31.233s||1.520s|
RACE THREE QUALIFYING TIMES:
|1||Antonio Giovinazzi||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m30.065s||-|
|3||Felix Rosenqvist||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.289s||0.224s|
|4||Jake Dennis||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.433s||0.368s|
|5||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m30.480s||0.415s|
|6||Sergio Sette Camara||Motopark||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m30.763s||0.698s|
|9||Ryan Tveter||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m31.044s||0.979s|
|10||Charles Leclerc||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m31.185s||1.120s|
|11||Santino Ferrucci||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.202s||1.137s|
|13||Maximilian Guenther||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.359s||1.294s|
|14||Raoul Hyman||Team West-Tec F3||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.499s||1.434s|
|16||Gustavo Menezes||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m31.611s||1.546s|
|17||Michele Beretta||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.723s||1.658s|
|20||Matt Solomon||Double R Racing||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.757s||1.692s|
|21||Fabian Schiller||Team West-Tec F3||Dallara/Mercedes||1m31.924s||1.859s|
|22||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m32.019s||1.954s|
|24||Mikkel Jensen||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.148s||2.083s|
|25||Nicolas Pohler||Double R Racing||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.237s||2.172s|
|26||Alessio Lorandi||Van Amersfoort Racing||Dallara/Volkswagen||1m32.403s||2.338s|
|27||Andy Chang||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.458s||2.393s|
|28||Pietro Fittipaldi||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.637s||2.572s|
|29||Kang Ling||KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.822s||2.757s|
|30||Brandon Maisano||Prema Powerteam||Dallara/Mercedes||1m32.840s||2.775s|
|32||Zhi Cong Li||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m33.662s||3.597s|
|33||Matt Rao||Fortec Motorsports||Dallara/Mercedes||1m34.124s||4.059s|
|-||Julio Moreno||ThreeBond with T-Sport||Dallara/NBE||1m31.288s||1.223s|
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