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Marciello secures triple pole at Nurburgring

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello enjoyed one of his finest qualifying performances to date during the European F3 qualifying at Nurburgring, securing pole position for all three races of the weekend.

In the first qualifying session, the dominant Prema driver produced two laptimes better than anything managed by the rest of the field and, as such, ensured he would start both race one and race two from pole. T-Sport’s Alexander Sims marked his second appearance this season with second on the grid, while Marciello’s chief rival Felix Rosenqvist and British F3 leader Jordan King made up the second row.

Fortec’s Pipo Derani put in a superb performance to take fifth, ahead of Prema’s Lucas Auer and Mucke’s Michael Lewis. Derani’s teammate Felix Serralles was eighth, with local driver Sven Muller and Harry Tincknell closing out the top ten.

Based on second-best times, Rosenqvist secures a front row spot alongside Marciello in race two, while Derani and Sims will make up the second row.

In session two, Marciello’s dominance seemed even more obvious as he never relinquished the top spot after taking it midway through the session. His teammate Auer will join him on front row, with main rival Rosenqvist and King in third and fourth. Derani and Sims take fifth and sixth respectively, with Serralles lining up behind his teammate. Daniil Kvyat, Tincknell and Lewis round out the top ten.

Starting order
Pos. Race 1 Pos. Race 2 Pos. Race 3
1 Raffaele Marciello 1 Raffaele Marciello 1 Raffaele Marciello
2 Alexander Sims 2 Felix Rosenqvist 2 Lucas Auer
3 Felix Rosenqvist 3 Pipo Derani 3 Felix Rosenqvist
4 Jordan King 4 Alexander Sims 4 Jordan King
5 Pipo Derani 5 Jordan King 5 Pipo Derani
6 Lucas Auer 6 Lucas Auer 6 Alexander Sims
7 Michael Lewis 7 Felix Serralles 7 Felix Rosenqvist
8 Felix Serralles 8 Harry Tincknell 8 Daniil Kvyat
9 Sven Muller 9 Michael Lewis 9 Harry Tincknell
10 Harry Tincknell 10 Sven Muller 10 Michael Lewis
11 Alex Lynn 11 Daniil Kvyat 11 Mitchell Gilbert
12 Mitchell Gilbert 12 Mitchell Gilbert 12 Alex Lynn
13 Daniil Kvyat 13 Alex Lynn 13 Eddie Cheever
14 Tom Blomqvist 14 Tom Blomqvist 14 Jann Mardenborough
15 Nicholas Latifi 15 Jann Mardenborough 15 Tom Blomqvist
16 Jann Mardenborough 16 Eddie Cheever 16 Sven Muller
17 Eddie Cheever 17 Dennis van de Laar 17 Dennis van de Laar
18 Dennis van de Laar 18 Roy Nissany 18 Antonio Giovinazzi
19 Roy Nissany 19 Nicholas Latifi 19 Roy Nissany
20 Antonio Giovinazzi 20 Antonio Giovinazzi 20 Nicholas Latifi
21 Andre Rudersdorf 21 Sean Gelael 21 Spike Goddard
22 Sean Gelael 22 Andre Rudersdorf 22 Andre Rudersdorf
23 Tatiana Calderon 23 Tatiana Calderon 23 Sandro Zeller
24 Lucas Wolf 24 Spike Goddard 24 Sean Gelael
25 Spike Goddard 25 Lucas Wolf 25 Lucas Wolf
26 Sandro Zeller 26 Sandro Zeller 26 Tatiana Calderon