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“FIA F3: Marciello and Rosenqvist take Norisring poles”

July 12, 2013

© FIA.

© FIA.

Raffaele Marciello scored a double pole for the sixth round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at the Norisring today.

The Italian pipped title rival Felix Rosenqvist to pole for race three, while heading Alex Lynn at the front for the weekend’s second event.

The opening race will be a case of reversed positions as Rosenqvist will lead Marciello away from the line.

Indeed the first qualifying session was one of the closest the category had seen for many a year. A bus session on a slippery surface saw times tumble quickly, with the field eventually settling into the ‘49-second’ lap mark.
Fortec’s Felix Serralles was the first to break into the 48s – indeed his best in the final ten minutes was a 48.999s lap, followed moments later by Marciello registering a time of 48.998s.

Before the Prema Powerteam squad could celebrate, Rosenqvist dropped a lap at 48.997, ensuring the top three were covered by a mere two-thousandths of a second. This feat was made more incredible when Alex Lynn’s late dash best – a 49.004s tour – saw him a mere 0.007s shy of pole, but still only good enough for 4th.
Alex Sims collected 5th in his first F3 round since Nurburgring last year. The Briton headed Lucas Auer, Tom Blomqvist, Harry Tincknell and series débutante and Toyota Racing Series champion Nick Cassidy. The top twenty were covered by less than half-a-second.

Marciello secured the pole for the second race with a next best time of 49.016s, pushing the Italian some 0.074s clear of Lynn, with Rosenqvist dropping to 3rd. Sims made it to the second row, jumping Serralles, while Tincknell rounded out the top six.

The Prema Powerteam racer set the bar far higher in the final qualifying session. Marciello’s best of 48.567s in the final ten minutes. Only Rosenqvist could get within two-tenths, while Lynn was a further three-hundredths adrift.
Tom Blomqvist performed admirably to get his EuroInternational machine to 4th, beating Auer, Sims and Tincknell. The session was briefly red flagged when Lucas Wolf glanced the wall on the back straight as he exited the chicane – the German racer would end the session 14th overall.

FIA European F3 championship (Rd 6, Grid race 1
Pos Driver              Team/car                        Time     Gap  
 1. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              48.997s
 2. Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              48.998s  +0.001
 3. Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             48.999s  +0.002
 4. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              49.004s  +0.007
 5. Alexander Sims      T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          49.027s  +0.030
 6. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              49.095s  +0.098
 7. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  49.200s  +0.203
 8. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               49.251s  +0.254
 9. Nick Cassidy        EuroInternational Dallara-Merc  49.296s  +0.299
10. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             49.310s  +0.313
11. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.349s  +0.352
12. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               49.355s  +0.358
13. Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.365s  +0.368
14. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           49.369s  +0.372
15. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                49.404s  +0.407
16. Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               49.415s  +0.418
17. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               49.421s  +0.424
18. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               49.430s  +0.433
19. Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              49.455s  +0.458
20. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.464s  +0.467
21. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               49.522s  +0.525
22. Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       49.574s  +0.577
23. Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           49.678s  +0.681
24. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             49.726s  +0.729
25. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          49.828s  +0.831
26. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           50.081s  +1.084
27. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               50.244s  +1.247
28. Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc           50.356s  +1.359


FIA European F3 championship (Rd 6, Grid race 2
Pos Driver              Team/car                        Time     Gap  
 1. Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              49.016s  
 2. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              49.090s +0.074s
 3. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.149s +0.059s
 4. Alexander Sims      T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          49.158s +0.009s
 5. Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             49.175s +0.017s
 6. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               49.254s +0.079s
 7. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              49.259s +0.005s
 8. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  49.269s +0.010s
 9. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             49.311s +0.042s
10. Nick Cassidy        EuroInternational Dallara-Merc  49.403s +0.092s
11. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               49.422s +0.019s
12. Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.439s +0.017s
13. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.444s +0.005s
14. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               49.446s +0.002s
15. Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               49.463s +0.017s
16. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           49.467s +0.004s
17. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               49.471s +0.004s
18. Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              49.520s +0.049s
19. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               49.524s +0.004s
20. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                49.526s +0.002s
21. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.585s +0.059s
22. Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       49.618s +0.033s
23. Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           49.724s +0.106s
24. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             49.748s +0.024s
25. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          49.957s +0.209s
26. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           50.121s +0.164s
27. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               50.338s +0.217s
28. Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc           50.429s +0.091s


FIA European F3 championship (Rd 6, Grid race 3
Pos Driver              Team/car                        Time     Gap  
 1. Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              48.567s
 2. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              48.761s  +0.194s
 3. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              48.797s  +0.230s
 4. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  48.860s  +0.293s
 5. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              48.891s  +0.324s
 6. Alexander Sims      T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          48.931s  +0.364s
 7. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               48.973s  +0.406s
 8. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               48.994s  +0.427s
 9. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             49.016s  +0.449s
10. Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             49.018s  +0.451s
11. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               49.019s  +0.452s
12. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.154s  +0.587s
13. Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.169s  +0.602s
14. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                49.181s  +0.614s
15. Nick Cassidy        EuroInternational Dallara-Merc  49.182s  +0.615s
16. Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               49.235s  +0.668s
17. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           49.261s  +0.694s
18. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               49.277s  +0.710s
19. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               49.280s  +0.713s
20. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              49.301s  +0.734s
21. Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       49.336s  +0.769s
22. Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           49.389s  +0.822s
23. Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              49.397s  +0.830s
24. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          49.494s  +0.927s
25. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             49.505s  +0.938s
26. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               49.513s  +0.946s
27. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           49.764s  +1.197s
28. Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc           50.006s  +1.439s
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