Anthoine Hubert scored a surprise maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship pole position at the Norisring, with points leader Lance Stroll claiming the other two on offer.
Hubert’s pole came from the second session, in which he was second fastest to Van Amersfoort Racing driver?Callum Ilott.
However, the Briton is unable to start on pole for races two and three due to a trio of 10-place grid penalties for an engine change.
Stroll effectively set the pole time for all three races, as he was level on time with Hubert in Q2 but set his time after the French rookie.
On second-best times, he beat Hubert by two hundredths of a second.
The Canadian was 0.192s faster than closest rival Ilott in the first session, but it is Joel Eriksson who secured a place?on the front row on the day he was inducted into BMW’s junior programme.
His fellow Motopark rookie Guan Yu Zhou will start third, with the team’s remaining drivers (and Red Bull Junior pairing) Niko Kari and Sergio Sette Camara taking sixth and seventh behind Nick Cassidy and George Russell.
Sette Camara took third on the race two grid in front of Maximilian Gunther, Mikkel Jensen, Zhou, Eriksson and Russell.
For race three, Zhou will be third followed by Gunther, Sette Camara, Jensen, David Beckmann and Russell.
Will Buller has made a return to F3 with Carlin and will start 10th for race one but on the penultimate row for races two and three.