takes pole in torrential rain
torrential rain, Lewis Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes,
2:33,705 min) took his fourth pole position in the 2005 Formula
3 Euro Series season. In the session that had to be red flagged
twice, James Rossiter (Signature-Plus, Dallara-Opel, 2:34,164
min) qualified for second position on the grid while Hamiltons
team-mate, Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 2:35,248
min), came third.
qualifying for the fifth round of the Formula 3 Euro Series
season that will be held this afternoon at the 6.968-kilometre
Belgian GP circuit, was red flagged twice: after eight minutes,
Gergory Franchi (Prema Powerteam, Dallara-Opel, 2:55.409 minutes)
and Giedo van der Garde (Team Rosberg, Dallara-Opel, 2:38.194
minutes) spun and stranded in the gravel. And with ten minutes
to go, Marc Bonanomi (Prema Powerteam, Dallara-Opel, 2:42.443
minutes) crashed into the tyre walls above Eau Rouge after
having spun several times. The Italian was brought to the
Medical Centre for a checkup.
the closing minutes, both Loïc Duval (Signature-Plus,
Dallara Opel, 2:35.732 minutes) and Adrian Sutil made a final
effort to steal Hamiltons pole but went off and stranded
in the gravel. Guillaume Moreau (Signature, Dallara-Opel,
2:35.625 minutes) was the fastest rookie and finished fifth.
Hamilton (ASM F3): Im truly delighted with my
pole position. Each time I took the lead somebody else succeeded
in performing a faster lap, a short time later. Hadnt
I been hampered by Esteban Guerrieri, in my last quick lap,
I could have set an even better time.
Rossiter (Signature-Plus): Todays qualifying went
far better for me than yesterdays. Second position on
the grid is great, but Im slightly annoyed, nevertheless,
as I lost a lot of time in the last section.
Sutil (ASM F3): The qualifying was anything but easy
as there were a lot of yellow flags and disruptions. Unfortunately
I made a braking mistake in my last flying lap, thus stranding
in the gravel. But at the end of the day Im happy with
temperature: 8.1 ºC
Air: 7.8 ºC