Red Bull junior Dennis Hauger will start the first two races of the ADAC Formula 4 season at Oschersleben from pole.
The Norwegian left it late in both qualifying sessions to take pole position, leaving just 18 seconds on the clock in Q1 before setting his best lap. In that session the top spot changed continuously, with Prema’s Gianluca Petecof and US Racing’s Theo Pourchaire spending brief periods at the front.
Less than a quarter of a second ended up covering the top six, which featured five Formula 1 juniors.
Petecof filled the front row, just 0.039s off Hauger, ahead of US Racing-ran Sauber juniors Alessandro Ghiretti and Roman Stanek, Prema’s reigning European junior karting champion Paul Aron, and Pourchaire.
Hauger’s Van Amersfoort Racing team-mates Nicklas Krutten and Ido Cohen were seventh and eighth, with Prema duo Oliver Rasmussen and Alessandro Famularo completing the top 10.
The order was much of the same in the second session, with Pourchaire and Petecof trading first place with British F4 graduate Hauger once again.
Petecof’s gap to Hauger was 0.172s this time, with Sauber filling row two again with Stanek and Pourchaire.
The seven drivers behind them were covered by less than a tenth of a second. Krutten was the best of them in fifth, ahead of Aron, Ghiretti, Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Durksen, Rasmussen, R-ace GP’s Gregoire Saucy and Famularo.
Race 1 grid
1 Dennis Hauger Van Amersfoort Racing 1m23.625s
2 Gianluca Petecof Prema +0.039s
3 Alessandro Ghiretti US Racing +0.171s
4 Roman Stanek US Racing +0.227s
5 Paul Aron Prema +0.228s
6 Theo Pourchaire US Racing +0.246s
7 Niklas Krutten Van Amersfoort Racing +0.272s
8 Ido Cohen Van Amersfoort Racing +0.359s
9 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +0.420s
10 Alessandro Famularo Prema +0.426s
Race 2 grid
1 Hauger 1m23.271s
2 Petecof +0.172s
3 Stanek +0.364s
4 Pourchaire +0.436s
5 Krutten +0.613s
6 Aron +0.625s
7 Ghiretti +0.656s
8 Joshua Durksen Mucke Motorsport +0.690s
9 Rasmussen +0.697s
10 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +0.702s