Nurburgring: Series qualifying report

Laurens Vanthoor sets fastest time in pre-event test At the 3.629 kilometres long Nurburgring, drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series had the chance to prepare for the upcoming race weekend in this morning's pre-event test. Laurens Vanthoor ...

Laurens Vanthoor sets fastest time in pre-event test

At the 3.629 kilometres long Nurburgring, drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series had the chance to prepare for the upcoming race weekend in this morning's pre-event test. Laurens Vanthoor (Signature, 1:23.411 minutes) set the fastest time in the first encounter of the weekend. Points' leader Edoardo Mortara (Signature, 1:23.478 minutes), Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix, 1:23.521 minutes) and Roberto Merhi (Mucke Motorsport, 1:23.604 minutes) occupied second to fourth place.

At the start of the second half of the pre-event test (2 x 75 minutes), Marco Wittmann (Signature, 1:23.663 minutes) beat the fastest time that was set by Laurens Vanthoor in the first 75 minutes. After 30 minutes, he only was third behind Valtteri Bottas and Edoardo Mortara.

Up to that time, none of the young drivers had lapped under 1:24 minutes. Points' leader Edoardo Mortarta was the first to do so, about half an hour before the end of the session. Soon after that, his two team-mates Marco Wittmann and Laurens Vanthoor did it likewise. In the order Vanthoor, Wittmann and Mortara, they entered the final minutes of the test.

Behind the three Signature drivers and ART-man Valtteri Bottas, Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix, 1:23.936 minutes) and Nicolas Marroc (Prema Powerteam, 1:24.176 minutes) moved up into fifth and sixth place in the closing stages, but they were soon outpaced by Roberto Merhi, who even ranked ahead of Bottas. Out in front, Mortara and Wittmann started their final attempts to topple Vanthoor's fastest time. With two minutes to go, the German had to allow Merhi and Bottas in front of him. He ended up fifth.

Out in front, Laurens Vanthoor remained on top. Edoardo Mortara secured second place, while Valtteri Bottas ended up third in the session. Roberto Merhi and Marco Wittmann were followed by Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy, 1:23.815 minutes), Alexander Sims, returnee Mika Maki (Motopark Academy, 1:24.099 minutes), Carlos Muñoz (Mucke Motorsport, 1:24.134 minutes) and Nicolas Marroc. Christopher Zanella (Motopark Academy, 1:24.531 minutes), the second returnee in the Formula 3 Euro Series, had to make do with 14th place.

-source: euf3

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Mika Maki , Edoardo Mortara , Marco Wittmann , Roberto Merhi , Nicolas Marroc , Alexander Sims , Carlos Munoz , Valtteri Bottas , Laurens Vanthoor , Antonio Felix da Costa , Christopher Zanella
Teams Mücke Motorsport , ART Grand Prix