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“Ocon takes double FIA F3 pole at Silverstone”

April 18, 2014

Esteban Ocon secured both pole positions for the final pair of FIA European Formula 3 races at Silverstone this weekend.

During a slow starting session, the Prema Powerteam rookie spent much of the running at or near the top of the order, fending off occasional challenges from teammates Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Fuoco.

Max Verstappen (van Amersfoort) and Tom Blomqvist (Carlin) also proved fast once again, although none could match the leading man come the chequered flag.
The Dutch pilot set a best of 1:51.322s some two-thirds of the way through the session, coming close to that again a short time later.

As the sun faded, the track conditions cooled, removing a portion of the life from the tyres, effectively ending many opportunities for late improvements.
Latifi came the closest (1:51.460), while Blomqvist and Fuoco were a further tenth shy, with the Anglo-Kiwi racer just thousandths quicker than his Prema Powerteam rival.

Antonio Giovinazzi sprung a late surprise to take 5th spot from Max Verstappen, who struggled to match the pace he set in the earlier qualifying session (for race one).

Jordan King (Carlin), Dennis van de Laar (Prema), Ed Jones (Carlin) and Mitch Gilbert (Fortec) rounded out the top ten fastest times.

2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 1, Race 2 Grid)
Pos Driver               Car                                    Time       Gap
 1. Esteban Ocon         Prema Dallara-Mercedes                 1m51.322s   
 2. Nicholas Latifi      Prema Dallara-Mercedes                 1m51.460s  +0.138s
 3. Tom Blomqvist        Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m51.517s  +0.195s
 4. Antonio Fuoco        Prema Dallara-Mercedes                 1m51.536s  +0.214s
 5. Antonio Giovinazzi   Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m51.755s  +0.433s
 6. Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW              1m51.808s  +0.486s
 7. Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m51.857s  +0.535s
 8. Dennis van de Laar   Prema Dallara-Mercedes                 1m51.864s  +0.542s
 9. Ed Jones             Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m51.907s  +0.585s
10. Mitch Gilbert        Fortec Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.993s  +0.671s
11. John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.998s  +0.676s
12. Lucas Auer           Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                 1m51.999s  +0.677s
13. Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                 1m52.104s  +0.782s
14. Gustavo Menezes      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW              1m52.116s  +0.794s
15. Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-NBE                    1m52.367s  +1.045s
16. Felix Serralles      West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes              1m52.393s  +1.071s
17. Felipe Guimaraes     Double R Dallara-Mercedes              1m52.431s  +1.109s
18. Jake Dennis          Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m52.518s  +1.196s
19. Riccardo Agostini    EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes     1m52.533s  +1.211s
20. Alexander Toril      T-Sport Dallara-NBE                    1m52.672s  +1.350s
21. Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                 1m52.674s  +1.352s
22. Hector Hurst         West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes              1m52.689s  +1.367s
23. Sean Gelael          Carlin Dallara-VW                      1m52.746s  +1.424s
24. Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW              1m52.896s  +1.574s
25. Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes             1m53.056s  +1.734s
26. Michele Beretta      EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes     1m53.301s  +1.979s
2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 1, Race 3 Grid)
Pos Driver               Car                                   Time       Gap
 1. Esteban Ocon         Prema Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.327s          
 2. Antonio Fuoco        Prema Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.557s  +0.230s 
 3. Tom Blomqvist        Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m51.577s  +0.250s 
 4. Nicholas Latifi      Prema Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.777s  +0.450s 
 5. Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW             1m51.810s  +0.483s 
 6. Antonio Giovinazzi   Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m51.894s  +0.567s 
 7. Ed Jones             Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m51.982s  +0.655s 
 8. Dennis van de Laar   Prema Dallara-Mercedes                1m51.990s  +0.663s 
 9. Mitch Gilbert        Fortec Dallara-Mercedes               1m52.096s  +0.769s 
10. Lucas Auer           Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                1m52.147s  +0.820s 
11. Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m52.147s  +0.820s 
12. John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes               1m52.181s  +0.854s 
13. Gustavo Menezes      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW             1m52.230s  +0.903s 
14. Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                1m52.277s  +0.950s 
15. Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-NBE                   1m52.375s  +1.048s 
16. Felix Serralles      West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes             1m52.491s  +1.164s 
17. Jake Dennis          Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m52.566s  +1.239s 
18. Hector Hurst         West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes             1m52.715s  +1.388s 
19. Riccardo Agostini    EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes    1m52.757s  +1.430s 
20. Alexander Toril      T-Sport Dallara-NBE                   1m52.799s  +1.472s 
21. Felipe Guimaraes     Double R Dallara-Mercedes             1m52.813s  +1.486s 
22. Sean Gelael          Carlin Dallara-VW                     1m52.818s  +1.491s 
23. Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Mercedes                1m52.936s  +1.609s 
24. Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW             1m53.014s  +1.687s 
25. Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes            1m53.098s  +1.771s 
26. Michele Beretta      EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes    1m53.383s  +2.056s 
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