Ricciardo claims Hockenheim pole

Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo (Tech 1) maintained his Formula Renault 3.5 championship hopes by qualifying on pole position for this afternoon's low-aero configuration race at Hockenheim

Ricciardo claims Hockenheim pole

Having been quickest in Friday morning's free practice session, ISR's Esteban Guerrieri shaded points leader Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin) by 0.069 seconds to claim an outside front row starting position alongside Ricciardo.

Still searching for his first win of 2010, Fortec Motorsport's Jon Lancaster was in the thick of a furious final few minutes of action. Crossing the start line moments before the appearance of the chequered flag, the Leeds racer leapt from a place outside the top 10 to steal fourth spot.

Guerrieri's ISR team-mate Filip Salaquarda will head the third row alongside Italian Formula 3 champion Daniel Zampieri (Pons).

The red flags were brought out with seven minutes of the half-hour session remaining following a collision between Victor Garcia's KMP car and Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa. Reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Costa had encountered Garcia weaving to warm his tyres while on a hot lap. Costa sustained a punctured tyre and broken front wing in the accident, while Garcia speared nose first into a tyre wall.

At the time of the stoppage, Guerrieri sat at the top of the timesheets, 0.07s ahead of Ricciardo, with Lancaster and Garcia's KMP team-mate Anton Nebylitskiy next up.

Costa, in fifth, would lose out most once the session resumed. The Spaniard remained in the pits while the majority of the field took to the track. With one old tyre to replace his punctured Michelin, Costa would be bumped to an eventual 14th place.

The final piece of excitement was provided by Nebylitskiy, who careered across the grass on the exit of Mobil 1, the right-hander leading into the stadium section. The Russian rejoined the track with no obvious damage, but was forced to be content with eighth.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m27.061s 2. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m27.324s + 0.263s 3. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m27.393s + 0.332s 4. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m27.430s + 0.369s 5. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m27.432s + 0.371s 6. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m27.481s + 0.420s 7. Jan Charouz P1 1m27.489s + 0.428s 8. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m27.524s + 0.463s 9. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m27.633s + 0.572s 10. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m27.679s + 0.618s 11. Jean Eric Vergne Tech 1 1m27.683s + 0.622s 12. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m27.702s + 0.641s 13. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m27.743s + 0.682s 14. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m27.751s + 0.690s 15. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m27.967s + 0.906s 16. Federico Leo Pons 1m28.049s + 0.988s 17. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m28.080s + 1.019s 18. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m28.087s + 1.026s 19. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m28.147s + 1.086s 20. Julian Leal Draco 1m28.183s + 1.122s 21. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m28.455s + 1.394s 22. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m28.475s + 1.414s 23. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m28.566s + 1.505s 24. Victor Garcia KMP 1m28.755s + 1.694s 
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