Leclerc edges Albon for first Norisring pole

Charles Leclerc beat Alex Albon by the slimmest of margins to take pole position for the first of this weekend’s European Formula 3 races at the Norisring.

The two series rookies were split by just nine thousandths of a second in the latter of the two qualifying groups at the German street venue, which was comfortably the quicker of the pair.

Antonio Giovinazzi was first to break through the benchmark set in the earlier session by Maximilian Gunther, a 48.533s, but was soon displaced by a rapid Leclerc at the top of the timesheets.

Albon then managed to better the championship leader’s time by 0.016s, sparking a battle for the top of the timesheets that was ultimately won by Leclerc with a best time of 48.240s.

The quirks of the qualifying system mean however that Albon will start Saturday morning’s first race from third behind Gunther, with the second quickest man of the slower session, Markus Pommer in fourth with a time just 0.010s shy of his compatriot Gunther.

Felix Rosenqvist was the third quickest of the second group, 0.095s away from Leclerc’s best effort, and will start from fifth, ahead of Albon’s Signature teammate Dorian Boccolacci, who was 0.070s slower than Gunther.

Giovinazzi, Alessio Lorandi, Mikkel Jensen and double Spa winner Jake Dennis complete the top 10. Ferrari protege Lance Stroll, back in action after his one-race ban, starts 11th.

Group B (odd numbers):

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 48.240  
Alexander Albon Signature 48.249 0.009
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 48.335 0.095
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 48.439 0.199
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 48.443 0.203
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 48.491 0.251
Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 48.563 0.323
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 48.600 0.360
Fabian Schiller West-Tec 48.683 0.443
10  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 48.719 0.479
11  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 48.746 0.506
12  Julio Moreno T-Sport 48.759 0.519
13  Matt Solomon Double R Racing 48.763 0.523
14  Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 48.870 0.630
15  Matt Rao Fortec 49.071 0.831
16  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 49.289 1.049

Group A (even numbers):

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 48.533  
Markus Pommer Motopark 48.543 0.010
Dorian Boccolacci Signature 48.603 0.070
Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 48.637 0.104
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 48.658 0.125
Gustavo Menezes Carlin 48.684 0.151
George Russell Carlin 48.690 0.157
Callum Ilott Carlin 48.750 0.217
Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 48.812 0.279
10  Ryan Tveter Carlin 48.846 0.313
11  Sam MacLeod Motopark 48.952 0.419
12  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 48.955 0.422
13  Brandon Maïsano Prema Powerteam 49.103 0.570
14  Raoul Hyman West-Tec 49.105 0.572
15  Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 49.242 0.709
16  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 49.349 0.816
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Series F3 Europe
Event Norisring
Track Norisring
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Markus Pommer , Charles Leclerc , Alexander Albon , Maximilian Gunther
Article type Qualifying report