Giovinazzi claims first pole of 2015 at Zandvoort

Antonio Giovinazzi, FIA F3 championship contender and three-time race winner in 2015, had to wait until the seventh round at Zandvoort to finally claim his and Carlin's first pole of the season.

In the 20-minute shootout, points leader Charles Leclerc was the first driver to dip below this morning's practice benchmark, doing so early in the second half of the session.

However, a statement of intent from Giovinazzi followed shortly thereafter as the Italian cleared the Monegasque's time by more than five tenths.

Zandvoort specialist Felix Rosenqvist, who won three European F3 races at the track before and has triumphed twice in the F3 Masters event here, then posted a time just a tenth off Giovinazzi.

And, as the Carlin driver took to the pits, Rosenqvist improved with his penultimate effort but ultimately could not dethrone the Italian.

Behind the duo, Motopark's Markus Pommer repeated his season-best qualifying effort with third, beating title contenders Jake Dennis and Leclerc.

Pommer's teammate Nabil Jeffri smashed his own record by qualifying sixth as he led fellow rookies Lance Stroll, Alex Albon, George Russell and Mikkel Jensen.

Pos.DriverTimeGap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi  1:29.897  
2 Felix Rosenqvist  1:29.994 0.097
3 Markus Pommer  1:30.195 0.298
4 Jake Dennis 1:30.312 0.415
5 Charles Leclerc  1:30.331 0.434
6 Nabil Jeffri  1:30.352 0.455
7 Lance Stroll  1:30.431 0.534
8 Alexander Albon  1:30.462 0.565
9 George Russell 1:30.473 0.576
10 Mikkel Jensen  1:30.495 0.598
11 Maximilian Günther  1:30.576 0.679
12 Santino Ferrucci  1:30.603 0.706
13 Callum Ilott 1:30.709 0.812
14 Brandon Maisano 1:30.754 0.857
15 Sergio Sette Camara  1:30.818 0.921
16 Arjun Maini 1:30.961 1.064
17 Ryan Tveter 1:30.988 1.091
18 Raoul Hyma 1:31.007 1.110
19 Julio Moreno  1:31.055 1.158
20 Dorian Boccolacci  1:31.057 1.160
21 Gustavo Menezesn 1:31.108 1.211
22 Sam Macleod 1:31.222 1.325
23 Pietro Fittipaldi 1:31.291 1.394
24 Matt Solomon 1:31.401 1.504
25 Alessio Lorandi  1:31.470 1.573
26 Michele Beretta  1:31.485 1.588
27 Tatiana Calderón  1:31.580 1.683
28 Fabian Schiller  1:31.590 1.693
29 Kang Ling  1:31.689 1.792
30 Nicolas Pohler 1:32.148 2.251
31 Matthew Rao 1:32.231 2.334
32 Wing Chung Chang  1:32.360 2.463
33 Mahaveer Raghunathan 1:32.776 2.879
34 Zhi Cong Li  1:33.353 3.456

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Series F3 Europe
Event Zandvoort
Track Zandvoort
Drivers Antonio Giovinazzi
Article type Qualifying report