“I am very happy with these three pole positions.” – Daniil Kvyat
Watched by Red Bull motorsport consultant Dr. Helmut Marko, Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) claimed all three pole positions for the fifth racing weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring.
- Pole position race 1: Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
- Pole position race 2: Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
- Pole position race 3: Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
- Temperature air / track: 8.8 °C / 9.4 – 8.9 °C
- Weather: overcast, rain
The Russian, who is supported by Red Bull, already was on top in free practice. For the first race, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) will be next to him in second place on the grid. Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) will start from the front row alongside Kvyat into the second race, while points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) will be second on the grid for the third race. Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), the only Austrian in the 28-strong field, ended up seventh, twelfth and ninth in qualifying for his home round.
Starting grid for race 1
In a thrilling qualifying session, Daniil Kvyat (1:43.825 minutes) came out on top. The Russian, who is a guest driver and not eligible to score points in the three races, was classified ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (1:43.865 minutes). Behind the Swede, Lucas Wolf (1:44.114 minutes) sparked a surprise: the blonde driver scored his best qualifying result to date in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with third place at the Red Bull Ring. Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam, 1:44.282 minutes) also achieved his best qualifying result in fourth place. Jordan King (Carlin, 1:44.473 minutes) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 1:44.526 minutes) followed in fifth and sixth place respectively. Points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (1:45.008 minutes) had to make do with 13th place.
Starting grid for race 2
Daniil Kvyat (1:44.052 minutes) also came out on top in the ranking of the second-fastest laps. Behind him, Lucas Wolf (1:44.052 minutes) claimed second place from Felix Rosenqvist (1:44.368 minutes) and Canadian Nicholas Latifi (1:44.652 minutes). Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports, 1:44.785 minutes) achieved the best result for his team Fortec Motorsports in fifth position. Eddie Cheever (1:44.851 minutes) was the best-placed Prema Powerteam driver in sixth. His team-mate Raffaele Marciello (1:45.783 minutes) was 16th.
Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, an excursion by Tatiana Calderón (Double R Racing, 1:48.479 minutes) caused a brief interruption. At that time, Daniil Kvyat (1:43.956 minutes) again was in the lead, followed by Felix Rosenqvist (1:44.509 minutes) and Raffaele Marciello (1:44.409 minutes). After the action had resumed, Marciello moved up into first place, but was soon demoted to second again by Kvyat. Only in the final seconds, Rosenqvist still made it into third place ahead of Jordan King (1:45.089 minutes), who was classified fourth. Latifi (1:45.334 minutes) and Wolf (1:45.367 minutes) were classified fifth and sixth respectively, confirming their good results from first qualifying.
Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“I am very happy with these three pole positions. I knew that I had the speed to be on pole position each time, it only was about staying focused and not make any mistakes, which I managed to do. Last year, qualifying was still my main problem, but I have worked on myself and managed to solve the problem. I am particularly happy having scored three pole positions at the Red Bull Ring, because I just love this track. Now, I want to finish the three races in the same position as I am starting from…”