Max Verstappen set the fastest time in first qualifying and thus claimed pole position for the 31st season race of the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship. The 17-year-old is one of the three candidates who are battling for second place in the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship. On his best lap of the 4.575 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he was 0s018 seconds faster than Lucas Auer (Motorsport, 1:32s020). Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32s076), who also still has chances of claiming second place in the drivers’ standings, follows in third place, 0s074 seconds down on pace-setter Verstappen.
Halfway through first qualifying, the battle for pole position became intense: Blomqvist had just claimed the top position from Verstappen and Auer was biding his time in third place. Soon after that, the 20-year-old Austrian moved up into the lead, but Blomqvist and Verstappen also continued to run fast. Six minutes later, the Dutchman succeeded in toppling Auer from the leading position while Blomqvist stayed in third place. This order remained unchanged until the end of qualifying, so that Verstappen secured himself pole position for the first race of the final weekend of the 2014 FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship.
Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and Jordan King from Great Britain in fourth and fifth place also succeeded in keeping the already-crowned FIA Fórmula 3 European Champion, Frenchman Esteban Ocon at bay. Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 1:32s485) ended up seventh from Indonesian Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32s535), Felix Serralles from Puerto Rico and US-American Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32s760) rounded out the top ten.
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “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 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”.
Photo: FIA F3 Euro Series