Jun 30

Pole position for Norisring novice Jake Hughes

Lando Norris (Carlin, 0m48.233s) was only two thousandths of a second slower

Pole position for Norisring novice Jake HughesThis weekend, Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix, 0m48.231s) is racing at the Norisring in Nuremberg for the first time, but that did not hinder the Brit to secure pole position in first qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Event: 05 Norisring
Session: Qualifying 1
Track: Norisring / DEU
Pole position: Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix)
Weather: sunny, 23.5 °C

Lando Norris (Carlin, 0m48.233s) was only two thousandths of a second slower, he will be lining up second on the grid. The British rookie is another driver never to have raced at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring before. Third place went to Brazilian Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0m48.246s) while Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 0m48.334s) was the best-placed German in fourth. Points’ leader Joel Eriksson (Motopark, 0m48.871s) had to make do with 17th place.

In bright sunshine, the young drivers from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship started their qualifying that had no lack of action throughout its 20 minutes’ duration. In the closing stages, Lando Norris, Pedro Piquet, Maximilian Günther and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin, 0m48.409s) in particular battled for first place, before Jake Hughes claimed the top spot in the final minute. Thus, he secured himself his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship pole position.

Pedro Piquet also enjoyed his best starting grid position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date. He was classified third behind the British duo of Hughes and Norris, but still ahead of the two stalwarts Maximilian Günther and Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 0m48:352s). Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin, 0m48.371s) ended up sixth in his first qualifying at the street circuit in Nuremberg. The Austrian ranked ahead of Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam, 0m48.379s), the two rookies Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0m48.405s) and Jehan Daruvala, plus Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0m48.411s) in seventh to tenth place. The lap times of all drivers were within 0.7 seconds.

Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix): “It was a great qualifying. In free practice, we were still having a few issues and we were lacking pace. As we were four to five tenths of a second down on the front-runners, I didn’t expect to be in contention for pole position in qualifying. After free practice, we made a lot of changes on the car and all of a sudden, things went really well. Since the start of the year, I have been waiting to score such a result. At Budapest, it was going pretty well already and I am very happy that we were able to improve even more. Everybody knows that the start of the season wasn’t as we wanted it, so claiming pole position here now is even more beautiful.”

source: FIA F3, fiaf3europe.com


Prema Powerteam R05 Norisring – Qualifying 1 Report

It was an overall positive day for the Prema team at Norisring. Lining-up at the quick street venue for the fifth round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the Italian squad posted two top-5 results in qualifying 1 on a circuit renowned for its challenging nature and tough traffic situations.

Despite facing an extremely tight package with the top-10 covered by less than two tenths of a second, Maximilian Günther showed great pace but could not put together a really late flying lap that would have given him a chance to fight for pole. He still delivered with a row 2 position which is a great starting point on one of the most passing-friendly venues on the schedule.

Callum Ilott will also try to fight back. The British racer faced traffic early in his run before finding clean air later and posting fifth place. Unfortunately, he lost the chance to complete a final flying lap as he was the first driver to take the checkered flag. Some traffic woes also hampered the efforts of Ferrari Driver Academy racer Guanyu Zhou, who improved consistently from practice especially in the second sector to claim P7 at the end of the day. Series rookie Mick Schumacher improved throughout the day as well to end up in 13th place at his first experience on the tough Norisring circuit.

# 3 – Maximilian Günther
“It has been a good qualifying session especially for the great potential we showed. I was in an extremely good attempt but unfortunately I struggled a bit with rear locking and for that reason I could not finish the lap as I wanted. For sure P1 was possible, but it is what it is. I still managed other good laps and finished P4 in front of some top contenders. Overtaking is possible here and second row is something good. I look forward to make a good start tomorrow and get as many points as possible.”

# 8 – Guanyu Zhou
“It’s not too bad as where I was struggling in practice, we definitely improved in qualifying. I was second fastest in sector 2 so that’s a big step. I was behind Eriksson who was really slow and I didn’t expect it. As a consequence I got held up for a while. In the end there were only two laps in clean air and the rear was locking a bit. We were all really close and in P7 there are still good chances for tomorrow.”

# 25 – Mick Schumacher
“In qualifying we improved compared to this morning so I’m ok even with P13 as the competition is really tight. Driving on the Norisring is really fun and we will try to do our best tomorrow!”

# 53 – Callum Ilott
“At the beginning I got stuck behind two cars but then I had the chance of running in clean air and it was ok in general. In the end I lost the chance to do one more lap as I took the checkered flag by just one second. P5 is not bad though as this is a track where there is chance to overtake so I look forward to race 1.”

source: premapowerteam.com