“FIA F3: Leclerc and Albon make hay in Norisring qualifying”
FIA European F3 rookies Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon took the three top spots between them at a warm and muggy Norisring yesterday.
With qualifying split into two groups of sixteen drivers (due to the brevity of the Norisring layout) Leclerc headed the faster Group A in qualifying one; however Albon made the best of the same group in qualifying two later in the day to grab the top spot for races two and three.
Albon was quick too in qualifying one, but the Monegasque Leclerc headed the Thai driver by just 0.009s to nab the pole spot; however Albon was somewhat more convincing in the second session, forcing Leclerc to start 3rd (race two) and 5th (race three) respectively.
Antonio Giovinazzi split the duo to start 3rd in race two, but fell just 0.007s shy of Leclerc to take 5th for race three.
In the slower Group B, Maximilian Günther impressively topped the opening session to claim 2nd on the grid, but he dropped to 12th and 10th respectively for races two and three. Markus Pommer and Dorian Boccolacci secured 4th and 6th places starts respectively for race one.
Britain’s George Russell heads the even side of the grid for both of the latter races, with Jake Dennis (4th) and Dorian Boccolacci (6th) as well.