EU 2.0: Nurburgring qualifying notes

On Pic form! Charles Pic (SG Formula) has secured pole position for both Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races ahead of Henki Waldschmidt (Prema Power Team). Both leaders managed to get in clear laps in the final moments of a session which was ...

On Pic form!

Charles Pic (SG Formula) has secured pole position for both Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races ahead of Henki Waldschmidt (Prema Power Team). Both leaders managed to get in clear laps in the final moments of a session which was interrupted several times.

With ten minutes gone, nearly all the field were out on track. With 42 cars on the circuit, the issue was then how to manage to get two good laps in just when the tyres were at their best. But the session soon came under full yellow when the Polish driver Natalia Kowalska (SL Formula Racing) went off the course.

The green flag was then shown by the marshals with 22 minutes of the session remaining. At this point, Charles Pic (SG Formula) was leading ahead of Mihai Marinescu (District Racing), Frank Kechele (Motopark Academy), Jules Bianchi and Alexandre Marsoin (SG Formula).

But the drivers were not given much opportunity to improve on their times, as the session was soon to be interrupted again, this time by a red flag to allow the marshals to remove Fabio Onidi's (Motopark Academy) car from the track, which had ended up in the gravel trap after suffering a broken rear suspension.

When the session resumed, Stefano Coletti (Red Bull Epsilon) and Tobias Hegewald (Motopark Academy) set the two fastest times. Miguel Julià (Epsilon Euskadi) then saw his chances of making an impact dramatically diminished, as his fastest time was disallowed for overtaking while the yellow flag was out.

Meanwhile, it was the Jenzer Motorsport and Red Bull Epsilon drivers who were leading the charge. But the session then came under full yellow yet again after an incident involving David Sigacev (SL Formula Racing).

With eight minutes to go, Mika Mäki (Red Bull Epsilon) was on provisional pole ahead of Fabio Leimer (Jenzer Motorsport), Jaime Alguersuari (Red Bull Epsilon), Brendon Hartley (Red Bull Epsilon) and Stefano Coletti. These five drivers were grouped together within just 149/1000ths of a second!

Jules Bianchi then attempted to mix it with the leaders, but the young French driver had to settle for a provisional sixth place. Aleix Alcaraz (District Racing) became another to have his fastest time disallowed for overtaking while the yellow flag was out.

With only five minutes left, Henki Waldschmidt (Prema Power Team) and Charles Pic (SG Formula) then took their chance to gain control. The two men were separated by only 3/1000ths! Jules Bianchi and Frank Kechele also made it back into the top five.

On the following lap, Pic improved on his time to move ahead of Waldschmidt. The Dutchman was unable to regain the upper hand before the chequered flag was shown. The Finn Mika Mäki also secured a good result by holding onto third ahead of Jules Bianchi and Frank Kechele.

Brendon Hartley, who won both races in Zolder, will start from rows 5 and 6.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Fabio Onidi , Stefano Coletti , Brendon Hartley , Fabio Leimer , Mihai Marinescu , Alexandre Marsoin , Charles Pic , Aleix Alcaraz , Jules Bianchi , Natalia Kowalska , David Sigacev , Frank Kechele
Teams Jenzer Motorsport , Formula Racing