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Aug 18

A close qualifying at Zandvoort – Norris claims pole position

“It was a close fight for pole position with my team-mate” – Norris

Lando Norris (Carlin, 1m28.362s) was unbeatable in the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Zandvoort: the McLaren junior driver secured his sixth pole position of the season.

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Event: 07 Zandvoort
Session: Qualifying 1
Track: Circuit Zandvoort / NLD
Pole position: Lando Norris (Carlin)
Weather: sunny to overcast, 20.2 °C

However, the rivals of the British talent followed closely. Team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin, 1m28.374s) ended up in second place, only 0.012 seconds down on Norris while Joel Eriksson (Motopark, 1m28.442s) was classified third, 0.080 seconds down on Norris. Points’ leader Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 1m28.520s) claimed fourth place from Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 1m28.521s) and Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix, 1m28.644s). In total, the lap times of 16 drivers were within one second.

Eight minutes into the session, Lando Norris got involved in the battle for the fastest time and soon after that, he already topped the time sheets. In the remainder of qualifying, the 17-year-old managed to improve his lap time more and more so that he eventually came out on top. Ferdinand Habsburg was happy with his second place, the best FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying result for the great-grandson of the last Austrian Emperor Karl I to date. Behind the Carlin duo, Joel Eriksson came third. In the drivers’ standings, he ranks only eight points behind Norris. The current FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader Maximilian Günther will be starting from fourth place on the grid for the 19th race of the season in the junior category.

How close everything was at the ex-Formula 1 circuit in the Dutch dunes is reflected by the gap of fifth-placed Callum Ilott, who was merely 0.001 seconds behind his team-mate Maximilian Günther. Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix, 1m28.644s), David Beckmann (Motopark, 1m28.735s), Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam, 1m28.762s), Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam, 1m28.766s) and Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix, 1m28.824s) rounded out the top ten in qualifying.

Lando Norris (Carlin): “It was a close fight for pole position with my team-mate, in which I eventually held the upper hand. For sure, we all assumed that we would be faster compared to free practice, but the track partly was very slippery. Thus, the improvements compared to free practice weren’t too big. I have to admit that I wasn’t certain whether my time would be enough for pole position. In the lap prior to my fastest time, I had quite some understeering in turn eight, but I was able to reduce the tyre temperature with a cool-down lap and then go faster again.”

source: FIA F3, fiaf3europe.com

 

Prema Powerteam R07 Zandvoort – Qualifying 1 Report

It wasn’t an easy day for the Prema Team at Zandvoort, in the first day of action for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship round at the Dutch venue. Lining-up at the historical circuit located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the Italian squad’s drivers paid the price of some traffic situations that prevented them from fighting for the pole in qualifying 1. After the great results scored in practice, championship leader Maximilian Günther had to settle for the second row, topping, among a particularly tight front pack, his team-mate Callum Ilott. For both the German and the Brit, race 1 will be tricky as Zandvoort notably does not offer huge chances for overtaking. The other two drivers fielded by the team hit the top-10 too. Ferrari Driver Academy-supported driver Guanyu Zhou finished the session in 8th place while Mick Schumacher was ninth.

# 3 – Maximilian Günther
“Not a good qualifying for us. On my stint I had some bigger issues with traffic which affected my rhythm in a negative way. Towards the end I was at least possible to put myself into the second row. From there the goal is to make some good points tomorrow.”

# 8 – Guanyu Zhou
“Unfortunately qualifying didn’t go as we expected. On one lap I was green in the first two sectors and then made a mistake in the third so I couldn’t really do much. In terms of performance we are still missing something in sector two so we have to work on this for tomorrow.”

# 25 – Mick Schumacher
“It was nice to be back to Zandvoort which is a tricky and technical circuit to race on. We ended up the first qualifying session in the top-10 and we hope this will be a good starting point for race 1”.

# 53 – Callum Ilott
“Qualifying was ok although I had to overtake somebody during my best lap. I was blocked in a couple of corners but it wasn’t too bad otherwise the potential was there for pole. Anyway, it is what it is and we will do our best tomorrow.”

source: premapowerteam.com

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