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Vips and Shwartzman deny Schumacher in final European F3 qualifying

by Peter Allen


Juri Vips stole top spot away from Mick Schumacher at the end of the final Formula 3 European Championship qualifying session at Hockenheim.

Schumacher had gone to the top of the times with four-and-a-half minutes of the session remaining, and then seen Robert Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala get within 0.004 seconds and 0.006s respectively of his time.

With few drivers improving their times, it looked as though Schumacher would be secure in first place until Motopark driver Vips toppled him by 0.118s at the chequered flag.

Schumacher also missed out on pole for race three based on second-fastest times, pipped by Prema team-mate Shwartzman by 0.057s. Vips will start the finale in third.

Behind Shwartzman and Daruvala, Alex Palou was fifth fastest, while Julian Hanses scored his best qualifying result of the season in sixth in just his second weekend with Carlin, bettering the eighth he managed in wet conditions at the season opener in Pau.

Sacha Fenestraz was seventh ahead of Ralf Aron, Fabio Scherer and the early pace-setter Enaam Ahmed.

The faint championship hopes of Dan Ticktum and Marcus Armstrong look even more distant after they mustered just 15th and 14th respectively.

Schumacher could seal the title before they even get to take up those grid positions should he finish race one in the points, be ahead of Ticktum, and Armstrong doesn’t win.

Ticktum will move up to 10th on the grid for the season fianle, behind Palou, Aron, Daruvala, Fenestraz, race one pole-sitter Guan Yu Zhou (who was 12th fastest) and Ahmed, but Armstrong will start both races 14th.


Qualifying results
Race 2 Race 3
Pos Name Team Time Pos Name Time
1 Juri Vips Motopark 1m32.284s 1 Shwartzman 1m32.443s
2 Mick Schumacher Prema +0.118s 2 Schumacher +0.057s
3 Robert Shwartzman Prema +0.122s 3 Vips +0.111s
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +0.124s 4 Palou +0.115s
5 Alex Palou Hitech GP +0.205s 5 Aron +0.220s
6 Julian Hanses Carlin +0.346s 6 Daruvala +0.241s
7 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin +0.352s 7 Fenestraz +0.242s
8 Ralf Aron Prema +0.366s 8 Zhou +0.292s
9 Fabio Scherer Motopark +0.381s 9 Ahmed +0.295s
10 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP +0.382s 10 Ticktum +0.330s
11 Marino Sato Motopark +0.399s 11 Habsburg +0.401s
12 Guan Yu Zhou Prema +0.431s 12 Aberdein +0.405s
13 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark +0.441s 13 Sato +0.427s
14 Marcus Armstrong Prema +0.442s 14 Armstrong +0.446s
15 Dan Ticktum Motopark +0.464s 15 Scherer +0.447s
16 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin +0.499s 16 Hanses +0.504s
17 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing +0.626s 17 Floersch +0.646s
18 Ben Hingeley Hitech GP +0.682s 18 Hingeley +0.796s
19 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark +0.856s 19 Vesti +0.814s
20 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing +0.890s 20 Fernandez +0.836s
21 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing +0.912s 21 Petrov +0.980s
22 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin +0.972s 22 Troitskiy +1.017s
23 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing +1.073s 23 Andres +1.096s
24 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin +1.082s 24 Vaidyanathan +1.267s