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Ocon beats Auer and Verstappen to Pau Race 1 pole

by Peter Allen
Esteban Ocon

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

FIA F3 European Championship leader Esteban Ocon has claimed pole position for the first race of the weekend at his home event in Pau.

With the field split into two groups for qualifying around the French street circuit, Ocon claimed pole with one final attempt at the end of the Group B session following a late red flag.

Prior to that, the Lotus F1 junior had been 0.006 seconds shy of the time of Group A pace-setter Lucas Auer.

Max Verstappen was a rival of fellow free practice leader Ocon in Group B, and was just 0.003s behind him during the late stoppage, caused when Ed Jones crashed heavily at Foch. The Dutch single-seater rookie did also find time with his final lap, but finished 0.024s slower than Ocon.

Nicholas Latifi was second in Group A to join Verstappen on row two. Jake Dennis had strong pace throughout Friday at a circuit he raced on in Formula Renault 2.0 last year and finished third in Group B. Fellow Carlin driver Tom Blomqvist was third in Group A, but must serve the final stage of his three-race ten-place grid penalty for an engine change at Hockenheim last week.

Dennis van de Laar should inherit the place after finishing fourth in Group B, with Jordan King have finished in the same spot in Group A. Jones was fifth in Group B, with Felix Serralles fifth in Group A. Like Jones, Serralles triggered a late red flag in his session. Roy Nissany caused a red flag early in Group B.

Race one grid
Pos ?Driver? Team Time? Gap
1 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 1:10.072
2 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport 1:10.429 0.357
3 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing 1:10.096 0.024
4 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam 1:10.559 0.487
5 Jake Dennis Carlin 1:10.570 0.498
6 Jordan King Carlin 1:10.714 0.642
7 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam 1:10.664 0.592
8 Felix Serralles Team West-Tec 1:10.769 0.697
9 Ed Jones Carlin 1:10.887 0.815
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:10.840 0.768
11 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:11.078 1.006
12 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:10.930 0.858
13 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports 1:11.519 1.447
14 Riccardo Agostini EuroInternational 1:10.960 0.888
15 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing 1:11.577 1.505
16 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:10.634 0.562
17 Felipe Guimares Double R Racing 1:11.583 1.511
18 Mitch Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 1:11.035 0.963
19 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:11.654 1.582
20 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam 1:11.097 1.025
21 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing 1:11.826 1.754
22 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport 1:11.137 1.065
23 Michele Beretta EuroInternational 1:11.931 1.859
24 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing 1:11.571 1.499
25 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec 1:12.693 2.621
27 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport 1:13.066 2.994