Norris secures his sixth pole
Lando Norris has secured his sixth pole position of the season at Zandvoort during qualifying for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Carlin racer was immediately on the pace and held his position at the top for almost the whole of the 20 minute session, setting the quickest time by 0.012 seconds from his team mate Ferdinand Habsburg. The latter, who took his maiden win in the series last time out at Spa, secured the front row lock out for the team ahead of tomorrow’s opening race of the weekend.
It was a short 20 minute dash to the flag for qualifying around the Dutch circuit with the Carlin drivers holding back in the early minutes before heading out on the track to set their respective opening laps. Within minutes the drivers had made their intentions clear; Norris jumped to the top of the timing sheets and had team mate Habsburg for close company behind in second. The Carlin duo remained at the top until a strong lap from Callum Ilott exactly matched Norris’ earlier time to split the pair on the time sheets. However it wasn’t for long, as the McLaren-Honda young driver improved on his time once again to put himself further up the road and out of reach from both Ilott and Joel Eriksson who had now joined the fight.
With the laps improving greatly the screens were awash with green sectors as drivers continued to improve. Habsburg moved his way back up to second behind Norris. In the end, no one was able to better the lap time that Norris had set to once again secure an impressive pole position ahead of the first race of the weekend at Zandvoort – his sixth pole position of the season. In a show of strength, Spa race winner Habsburg will line up alongside his British team mate in second place after an impressive performance from the Austrian racer.
“It was hard out there and I thought that everyone was going to improve a lot from free practice but in some areas the track felt quite slippery. I was a little worried at points because I didn’t feel like I had done a very good job but after an earlier moment I tried to get the tyres back in and I improved to get pole position. I think the race tomorrow will be very close”, Norris said.
“I started qualifying off with quite a good lap actually but I knew that people would be going quicker as the time went on however I didn’t seem to get a good lap in after that for a while“, Habsburg added, “So I sat back, did a couple of cool down laps and then went for it again. To be honest, that lap didn’t feel all that much quicker than my first but I was actually just 12 thousandths off pole. Obviously being so close it would have been nice to get the pole but I have the first race start where I’ll have clear air ahead of me so we’ll see what we can achieve tomorrow. Whatever the weather wet or dry I know that Carlin has given me a complete rocket of a car so I’m pleased with where we start and feel confident ahead of the race.”
The opening race of the weekend gets underway Saturday morning at 10.45 local time.