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RTL GP Masters of Formula 3, Zandvoort (NL)

Felix Rosenqvist claims pole position at Zandvoort…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:30.839 minutes) was unbeatable in qualifying for this weekend’s RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort and claimed pole position in a dominant way. The Swede, who already won Europe’s most prestigious Formula 3 race and is currently placed second in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, was followed by British driver Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:31.131 minutes). The Carlin driver is taking place in the tradition-steeped Masters of Formula 3 event for the first time in his career. British drivers Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.154 minutes) and Emil Bernstorff (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.255 minutes) are lining up on the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

Starting grid positions for the Masters of Formula 3 were determined in two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes each, the outright fastest lap time of each driver being considered for the classification. In the faster first session, Felix Rosenqvist came out on top. The Mücke driver, who had already been fastest in first free practice, moved up to the top of the time sheets in the second half of the session. In second qualifying, Rosenqvist was fastest, too, but his lap time was slower than in the first heat.

A trio of British drivers followed behind the Mücke driver: Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.256 minutes) was classified fifth to ensure that three of the four Prema drivers ended up in the top five. The Italian team won the Masters last year when Daniel Juncadella crossed the finish line in first place.

Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:31.363 minutes) and Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:31.399 minutes) followed in sixth and seventh place respectively while a trio of Carlin drivers with Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 1:31.404 minutes), Jordan King (Carlin, 1:31.414 minutes) and Jann Mardenborough (Carlin, 1:31.572 minutes) rounded out the top ten. 

Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:31.782 minutes) was one of the few young drivers to improve his personal best lap time in the slower second qualifying. The Dutchman, who is living in Zandvoort, will start his home race from twelfth place on the grid behind Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.716 minutes). 

The Masters of Formula 3 will start tomorrow, Sunday, at 13.30 hrs local time. Television partner n-tv will be showing the race in Germany tape-delayed from 17.05 hrs.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“From my point of view, qualifying wasn’t too bad. The important thing is that this year, my car is better than last year. Pole position is a perfect start into the weekend, but the only thing that really matters is tomorrow’s race. Therefore, I don’t want to get too excited about this pole position.”

F3 Euro Series


Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) came out on top in an action-packed Formula 3 Euro Series race at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort. Behind the Spaniard, who is also leading the drivers’ standings, William Buller (Carlin) finished second on a track that was drying out. Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) followed in third place and was also the best-placed rookie.

Due to the asphalt still being wet, the race was started behind the safety car for safety reasons. At the re-start, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) ran into the rear of the car of race leader Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), forcing both of them to retire. The second safety-car phase followed, in which almost all drivers changed from rain to slick tyres. At the following re-start, Juncadella, who like Buller and Wehrlein, had been on slicks from the start, was in the lead. Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) defended his second place, until a group of four drivers started to attack from behind. In the process, Michael Lewis (Mücke Motorsport) and Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport) collided and were sidelined. The third safety-car phase didn’t upset Daniel Juncadella, who safely drove his race win home.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I knew that the track here dries out quickly and therefore took the risk of starting with slicks. It was very good for me that the safety car came out after the accident of Raffaele and Sven, because that allowed the track to dry out even further. I just wasn’t too happy with the final safety-car phase, because my margin was gone after that. But it was enough like that as well and I am happy.”

William Buller (Carlin): “On the first few laps, I tried to stay on track with the slicks more than anything else. After that, the asphalt dried out more and more. After my weekend here didn’t start too well, I am very happy with my second place.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “Starting only ninth after a qualifying that wasn’t so good, we opted for slicks. I lost time behind Sandro Zeller, so that Felix Rosenqvist could overtake me. On the final lap, I got my third place back again.”


Audi locks out first five starting grid positions – title candidates are showing nerves

Zandvoort. Audi surprises the opposition: in qualifying for the seventh DTM round of the year at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, the brand from Ingolstadt presented itself in excellent shape. No less than five Audi A5 DTMs lock out the first five places on the starting grid. The 2008 and 2009 DTM champion, Timo Scheider, was fastest in qualifying. For the German, it is the first pole position of the season and the tenth of his career. The three title candidates showed nerves: points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) will start from eighth place, his main rival Bruno Spengler (BMW) in 18th and third-placed Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) from sixth position.

For Audi, it is the best DTM result of the year. Behind pole-sitter Scheider, his four fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Filipe Albuquerque, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström will be starting the race from second to fifth place. “I really had misty eyes in the car. In the team, we have been working very hard for months and we are now rewarded with pole. I have always kept faith in myself and I am particularly happy having claimed the fourth pole in total at my absolutely favourite track,” said Scheider.

Best-placed BMW driver of the day was Dirk Werner, who ended up seventh behind the fastest Mercedes-Benz driver, Jamie Green. Paffett, who is leading the drivers’ standings with 103 points and will be starting from eighth place, said after qualifying: “Unfortunately, we didn’t make it into the fourth qualifying heat, but given the circumstances, I am happy. The track seems to suit Audi very much, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to use the full potential on a complete lap. Normally, our C-Coupé is very strong in the race and considering the weather forecast for Sunday, everything should be possible in the race.” Paffett’s fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Christian Vietoris and Audi driver Adrien Tambay from France rounded out the top ten.

Paffett’s fiercest rival Bruno Spengler gambled and lost. The Canadian, who is second in the drivers’ standings, 20 points down, drove one fast lap early in the first heat before returning to the pits, convinced that he would continue. “I thought, my time would be fast enough. However, conditions changed quickly and other drivers who were still on the track were able to improve. But worse things can happen. Now, I will try to make up positions from the back in the race and to score as many points as possible in the end,” said the 29-year old, who will be starting from 18th place following his retirement after the first qualifying heat.

The seventh round of the season covers 44 laps and 189.508 kilometres and will start on Sunday at 14.00 h (CET). ARD will be broadcasting live from 13.40 h

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At the 4.307 kilometres long race track at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, German rookie drivers Sven Müller (Prema Powertea, 1:30.320 minutes) presented himself in excellent shape. In Formula 3 Euro Series qualifying, he set the fastest time ahead of Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:30.369 minutes) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 1:30.392 minutes). As Müller also came out on top in the ranking of the second-fastest laps, he will also start the weekend’s first race from pole position.

For Sven Müller, who had incurred a craze in his right elbow four weeks earlier, it was his maiden fastest qualifying time in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Next to the young German and Raffaele Marciello, two further Prema drivers made it into the top five: Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 1:30.506 minutes), the Formula 3 Euro Series points leader, and Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam, 1:30.600 minutes) followed in fourth and fifth place. The times of the first ten drivers were within less than 0.7 seconds.

Qualifying had to be interrupted twice. After eleven minutes, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Carlin, 1:30.773 minutes) slid into the barriers. Six minutes before the end, rookie driver Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport, 1:31.780 minutes) hit the tyre walls. Sainz was classified eighth in qualifying, Wolf ended up in eleventh place.

Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam): “I am totally happy. With my first set of tyres, things didn’t go too well. With the second set, however, I was able to do two laps that were enough for two pole positions. I don’t really know what is expecting me tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “Actually, I can be happy with second and fourth place on the grid, because I wasn’t able to improve anymore due to the two red flags. After my retirement at Nürburgring from last week, my goal is to score as many points as possible. I like the track here and it suits me.”