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“FIA F3: Verstappen takes first pole for Hockenheim finale”

October 17, 2014

Verstappen took another pole in Hockenheim. © FIA F3 Media Service.

Verstappen took another pole in Hockenheim. © FIA F3 Media Service.

Max Verstappen took pole position for the first FIA European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Hockenheim today.

The Dutch racer set a best tour of 1:32.002s; ending the session just 0.018s up on Mücke’s Lucas Auer.

It was Verstappen’s 7th pole of the season, crucially giving the van Amersfoort racer a two-place head start over Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam Carlin), with whom he is battling for 2nd in the championship.

Of the pole position effort, Verstappen was naturally pleased: “Qualifying went well. It was pretty close between the three of us in front, but my lap time wasn’t so bad and, of course, I am delighted with my pole position.”
The future Toro Rosso star added: “The track is very demanding for the tyres, so you don’t have many laps to set a fast time. For me, it worked out quite well today.”

Blomqvist did run the front row pair close. After heading the times come the halfway mark, his best of 1:32.070s was ultimately just shy of was necessary to depose the Verstappen / Auer duo. It is an all-Jagonya Ayam Carlin second row, with Antonio Giovinazzi set to line-up alongside Blomqvist.

Jordan King (Carlin) slotted into 5th spot, with newly crowned champion Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) taking 6th. Meanwhile Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 7th) and Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam Carlin) grabbing 8th – his first top ten qualifying result of the season.
Felix Serralles (Team West-Tec) and Gustavo Menezes (van Amersfoort) round out the top ten.

There was some frantic action in the Carlin awning prior to the session, as engineers fought against time to change Jake Dennis’ engine. As a result, the Briton will drop ten places for each of this weekend’s races.

Meanwhile, Lucas Auer headed both of this morning’s practice sessions ahead of Felix Rosenqvist and Esteban Ocon respectively. Jules Szymkowiak showed some pace in the opening session when he set the 4th quickest time; however as the circuit rubbered in, the Dutch driver could not quite repeat the feat.

2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 11, Grid Race 1)
Pos Driver              Team/Engine                 Time/Gap
 1. Max Verstappen      van Amersfoort-VW           1:32.002
 2. Lucas Auer          Mucke-Merc                    +0.018
 3. Tom Blomqvist       Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.074
 4. Antonio Giovinazzi  Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.339
 5. Jordan King         Carlin-VW                     +0.377
 6. Esteban Ocon        Prema Powerteam-Merc          +0.412
 7. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke-Merc                    +0.483
 8. Sean Gelael         Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.533
 9. Felix Serralles     Team West-Tec-Merc            +0.674
10. Gustavo Menezes     van Amersfoort-VW             +0.758
11. Ed Jones            Carlin-VW                     +0.808
12. Roy Nissany         Mucke-Merc                    +0.813
13. Antonio Fuoco       Powerteam-Merc                +0.844
14. Tatiana Calderon    Zeller/Mucke-Merc             +1.029
15. Nick Cassidy        T-Sport-NBE                   +1.042
16. Jules Szymkowiak    van Amersfoort-VW             +1.150 
17. Dennis van de Laar  Powerteam-Merc                +1.209
18. Jake Dennis         Carlin-VW                     +1.272
19. Santino Ferrucci    Fortec-Merc                   +1.434
20. Stefano Coletti     EuroInternational-Merc        +1.514 
21. Michele Beretta     EuroInternational-Merc        +1.734
22. Alexander Toril     T-Sport-NBE                   +1.821
23. Spike Goddard       T-Sport-NBE                   +1.895
24. Sandro Zeller       Zeller –Merc                  +2.049
25. Andy Chang          Team West-Tec-Merc            +2.239
2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 11, Free Practice 1)
Pos Driver              Team/Engine                 Time/Gap
 1. Lucas Auer          Mucke-Merc                  1:33.206
 2. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke-Merc                    +0.488
 3. Esteban Ocon        Prema Powerteam-Merc          +0.765
 4. Jules Szymkowiak    van Amersfoort-VW             +0.858
 5. Max Verstappen      van Amersfoort-VW             +0.874
 6. Felix Serralles     Team West-Tec-Merc            +0.902
 7. Sean Gelael         Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.979
 8. Antonio Giovinazzi  Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +1.003
 9. Jordan King         Carlin-VW                     +1.038
10. Gustavo Menezes     van Amersfoort-VW             +1.101
11. Roy Nissany         Mucke-Merc                    +1.172
12. Antonio Fuoco       Prema Powerteam-Merc          +1.231
13. Tom Blomqvist       Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +1.282
14. Stefano Coletti     EuroInternational-Merc        +1.363
15. Ed Jones            Carlin-VW                     +1.534
16. Jake Dennis         Carlin-VW                     +1.555
17. Nick Cassidy        T-Sport-NBE                   +1.601
18. Santino Ferrucci    Fortec-Merc                   +1.664
19. Tatiana Calderon    Zeller/Mucke-Merc             +1.764
20. Spike Goddard       T-Sport-NBE                   +2.055
21. Michele Beretta     EuroInternational-Merc        +2.311
22. Andy Chang          Team West-Tec-Merc            +2.403
23. Alexander Toril     T-Sport-NBE                   +2.669
24. Sandro Zeller       Zeller –Merc                  +3.240
25. Dennis van de Laar  Prema Powerteam-Merc          +6.272


2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 11, Free Practice 2)
Pos Driver              Team/Engine                 Time/Gap
 1. Lucas Auer          Mucke-Merc                  1:32.861
 2. Esteban Ocon        Prema Powerteam-Merc          +0.177
 3. Max Verstappen      van Amersfoort-VW             +0.271
 4. Tom Blomqvist       Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.297
 5. Antonio Fuoco       Powerteam-Merc                +0.385
 6. Felix Serralles     Team West-Tec-Merc            +0.535
 7. Jordan King         Carlin-VW                     +0.580
 8. Nick Cassidy        T-Sport-NBE                   +0.645
 9. Gustavo Menezes     van Amersfoort-VW             +0.723
10. Dennis van de Laar  Powerteam-Merc                +0.725
11. Sean Gelael         Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.932 
12. Tatiana Calderon    Zeller/Mucke-Merc             +0.998
13. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke-Merc                    +1.006
14. Jules Szymkowiak    van Amersfoort-VW             +1.065 
15. Antonio Giovinazzi  Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +1.136
16. Roy Nissany         Mucke-Merc                    +1.191
17. Santino Ferrucci    Fortec-Merc                   +1.332
18. Jake Dennis         Carlin-VW                     +1.455
19. Ed Jones            Carlin-VW                     +1.566
20. Spike Goddard       T-Sport-NBE                   +1.583
21. Sandro Zeller       Zeller –Merc                  +1.792
22. Andy Chang          Team West-Tec-Merc            +1.881
23. Stefano Coletti     EuroInternational-Merc        +1.962 
24. Alexander Toril     T-Sport-NBE                   +2.017
25. Michele Beretta     EuroInternational-Merc        +3.284
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