on pole brake ventilation trouble
the Saturday morning qualifying, held in cool conditions,
Lewis Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:10.496 minutes)
secured his third pole position of the season and will share
the first row of the grid for race one in Pau, France, with
his team-mate, Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:11.078
minutes). Franck Perera (Prema Powerteam, Dallara-Opel, 1:11.069
minutes) and James Rossiter (Signature-Plus, Dallara-Opel,
1:11.218 minutes) secured third and fourth positions respectively.
Due to the tracks characteristic, the qualifying was
contested in two groups. Just like it was the case yesterday,
group one was dominated by Lewis Hamilton. The Briton was
the only of the 23 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers to set a
lap time below 1:11 minutes. For quite a time, Loïc Duval
(Signature-Plus, Dallara Opel, 1:11.135 minutes) held second
place, but short before the session ended, the Frenchman returned
to the pits and retired after having touched the wall in Lycee,
thus offering Franck Perera the chance of working his way
up to second place. In the second group, Adrian Sutil and
James Rossiter battled it out for the lead, with Sutil getting
the upper hand, at the end of the day.
on Friday evening, the stewards decided to disallow the times
set by HBR drivers, Hannes Neuhauser (Dallara-Mercedes), Maximilian
Götz (Dallara-Opel) and Alejandro Nuñez (Dallara-Opel)
as well as I.S.R driver Filip Salaquarda (Dallara-Opel) in
yesterdays qualifying for race four, as the brake ventilation
of their cars didnt meet the regulations. Furthermore,
it was decided that the penalised drivers have to start the
race from the end of the grid. I.S.R accepted the penalty
while HBR appealed against it. As the appeal results in suspensiveness
regarding the stewards sentence, the HBR drivers will
start tomorrows race from the eighth (Neuhauser) ninth
(Götz) and 20th (Nuñez) grid positions they had
actually qualified for.
Hamilton (ASM F3): We succeeded in solving yesterdays
problems, therefore, I experienced a rather trouble-free qualifying
session, today. Yet, I was rather surprised to be able to
set such a fast time, that early.
Sutil (ASM F3): The car handled clearly better than
yesterday when I experienced my problems in the fast bends.
After a long night of data analysis, we have changed several
details, and things turned out to work much better, in this
mornings qualifying session.
Perera (Prema Powerteam): During the entire session
I was hampered by steering problems. There was a lot of traffic,
therefore, I could set only two fast laps without being hampered
by a rival. To be third on the grid is a promising starting
position. Regarding the championship, it will be vital to
score points, here in Pau.
temperature: 16.0 ºC
Air temperature: 7.5 ºC