Hockenheimring II: Series qualifying report

Champion Mortara first, Marroc sparks a surprise Even after having secured the title, Edoardo Mortara (Signature, 1:18.604 minutes) is showing maximum commitment, claiming his fifth fastest qualifying time of the season. Surprisingly, his main...

Champion Mortara first, Marroc sparks a surprise

Even after having secured the title, Edoardo Mortara (Signature, 1:18.604 minutes) is showing maximum commitment, claiming his fifth fastest qualifying time of the season. Surprisingly, his main rival was Nicolas Marroc (Prema Powerteam, 1:18.896 minutes). The Frenchman lapped the new 3.736 kilometres long lay-out of the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg 0.292 seconds slower than the Italian, who was crowned as the new champion a fortnight ago. Roberto Merhi (Mucke Motorsport, 1:18.920 minutes) and Marco Wittmann (Signature, 1:19.084 minutes) will be on the second grid row for tomorrow's 17th round of the season.

Mortara's team-mate Wittmann wants to claim runner-up spot in the Euro Series during the season finale. His two only remaining rivals Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix, 1:19.085 minutes) and Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix, 1:19.278 minutes) qualified behind him in fifth and seventh place respectively. In the duel of the best rookies of the season, challenger Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 1:19.424 minutes) beat the current rookie points' leader Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy, 1:19.481 minutes) by ending up ninth. The Portuguese, who had been fastest in the pre-event test in the morning, now had to make do with tenth place.

Edoardo Mortara (Signature): "I wasn't very confident for qualifying after things didn't go too well in the second part of the test this morning. But in qualifying, everything went perfectly right away. I took some more risks with the first set of tyres, but I was more cautious with the second set. I didn't want to risk having my fastest time declared void because of crossing a white line."

Nicolas Marroc (Prema Powerteam): "Qualifying was very nice, everything went well for me. My Prema-team gave me a great car as well. Ending up second in the final qualifying session of the season is great!"

Roberto Merhi (Mucke Motorsport): That was the best qualifying of the season for me so far. I am really happy with third place, because now, I can race for victory tomorrow. My car was really good and nice to drive today."

-source: f3euroseries

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