Paul Ricard F3: Stroll secures maiden pole on drying track

Williams development driver Lance Stroll was quickest in the first qualifying session of the 2016 European F3 season at Paul Ricard.

Stroll, recording his first pole in the series, was the pace-setter in the second half of the session, which was run under drying conditions.

Having improved with every effort of his, the Canadian ended up in the lead, beating Prema teammate Nick Cassidy by 0.076s at the chequered flag.

Red Bull junior Niko Kari was the top rookie in third, edging out Hitech's British duo George Russell and Ben Barnicoat.

Mikkel Jensen was only seven thousandths of a second slower than Barnicoat but the Dane was also just ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and former Mucke teammate Maximilian Gunther.

The top 10 was rounded out by ADAC F4 runner-up Joel Eriksson and Carlin's Alessio Lorandi.

Qualifying results:

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 1:24.209  
2 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 1:24.285 0.076
3 Niko Kari Motopark 1:24.429 0.220
4 George Russell HitechGP 1:24.496 0.287
5 Ben Barnicoat HitechGP 1:24.547 0.338
6 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 1:24.554 0.345
7 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1:24.590 0.381
8 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 1:24.628 0.419
9 Joel Eriksson Motopark 1:24.677 0.468
10 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 1:24.907 0.698
11 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 1:24.925 0.716
12 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 1:25.043 0.834
13 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 1:25.054 0.845
14 Raoul Hyman Carlin 1:25.124 0.915
15 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 1:25.130 0.921
16 Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 1:25.166 0.957
17 Ryan Tveter Carlin 1:25.206 0.997
18 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 1:25.381 1.172
19 Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 1:25.739 1.530
20 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:25.956 1.747
21 Zhi Cong Li Carlin 1:28.083 3.874
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Series F3 Europe
Event Paul Ricard
Track Circuit Paul Ricard
Drivers Nick Cassidy , Lance Stroll , Niko Kari
Article type Qualifying report