EU 2000: Hockenheimring Friday notes

German Teams Strongest on Home Soil Qualifying 1. As we expected, the German drivers and teams used their knowledge of the Hockenheim circuit to their advantage and dominated the first qualifying session of the weekend. Just as they did in ...

German Teams Strongest on Home Soil

Qualifying 1. As we expected, the German drivers and teams used their knowledge of the Hockenheim circuit to their advantage and dominated the first qualifying session of the weekend. Just as they did in free testing, the Jenzer Motorsport and Motopark Academy teams set themselves up at the front of the pack.

Qualifying started like a game of hide-and-seek in the pitlane garages, each team hoping someone else will be first to head out and set a reference time. In the end, Scott Speed (Motopark Academy) got the ball rolling. And the young American wasted no time showing his amazing talent, taking the fastest time of the entire session right from the gun. The closest threats came from Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport) in second, as well as Kofler and Fleming, but no one could match the speed of Scott, who is looking hard to beat in race one. Pagenaud (Graff Racing) limited the damage with an excellent fifth place, which was considerably better than current championship leader Maldonado (Cram Competition), who starts Saturday's race way down in 25th, which is sure to damage his position on the leaderboard.

Qualifying 2. The three local boys were the first to get things moving in the second session, as Conrad, Durr and Torre led the field out onto the track. Meanwhile, the main contenders preferred not to show their hands too early, instead letting the rest of the line-up sweep the track for them. The danger with this tactic is that the longer you wait, the more traffic there is on the track and the harder it is to have a clear run. Speed was the first of the main challengers to head out, with Kofler (JD Motorsport) immediately taking pole. But the final six minutes saw the drivers wage all-out war, as Pagenaud took the fastest time ahead of Speed, only for Fleming, who had been brilliant at Magny-Cours, to knock him off and claim his first pole position of the season. Further back, catastrophe still dogged Maldonado; the championship leader finishing the session in a lowly 28th place.

The 25-minute session finished with Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) on pole, in front of Pagenaud (Graff Racing), Speed (Motopark Academy), Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport) and Kofler (JD Motorsport).

All five will be vying for the race victory... and the European championship.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Jenzer Motorsport