Lucas Auer came out on top in first qualifying of the weekend.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:32.387 minutes) claimed pole position for the fourth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. At the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the 19-year-old Austrian was just 0.118 seconds faster than Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32.505 minutes). Edward Jones (Carlin, 1:32.547 minutes) was classified third, followed by Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.586 minutes), the best-placed rookie. In total, 22 drivers set lap times within only one second.
Lucas Auer came out on top in first qualifying of the weekend, even though his name only flashed up on top of the timing screens just before the end of the session: in the final second, Auer managed to topple 20-year-old Antonio Giovinazzi to second place. 19-year-old Edward Jones from the United Arab Emirates and the three years younger Dutchman, Max Verstappen, followed just behind the Italian.
Next to Verstappen, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam, 1:32.588 minutes) also managed to impress: the rookie from France was classified fifth. Formula 3 stalwarts Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 1:32.602 minutes), Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam, 1:32.634 minutes), Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:32.688 minutes), John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports, 1:32.708 minutes) and Jordan King (Carlin, 1:32.740 minutes) rounded out the top ten.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “First of all, a big hand to my team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and our engine partner Mercedes, because we have made a big step forward after the season opener at Silverstone. In free practice, we already noticed that we had a good speed. It is great that we were able to make use of this in qualifying and that I am now on pole position. Of course, I want to get the maximum out of the race tomorrow, so I would love to win, no matter what the weather conditions are.”