Norris takes first 2017 pole
Carlin’s Lando Norris took the first pole position of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone. The 17-year-old McLaren junior – who set the second quickest time in free practice – triumphed in an incredibly close session which saw several drivers challenging for the top spot, as the lap times of 18 drivers were within one second.
Prema’s Callum Ilott ended up in second place, only 0.006s down, followed by his team mate Maximilian Günther and Joel Eriksson (Motopark). Indian rookie Jehan Daruvala rounded out the top five.
Speaking about his first F3 pole, Norris said: “In FP1 and FP2 this morning, the car felt pretty good but there were a couple of things we were struggling with, although we were confident we could make some improvements. Going into qualifying, we were aiming for a top three position, but knew that pole position would be very tough. As soon as I came out of the pits though, the car felt better. I had no traffic, so could just focus on putting a lap together. I had two or three laps in a row where I was improving and got the lap I needed, but only by 0.006s. Obviously, the gap is really small and I think the improvements we made between sessions were key.”
Mick Schumacher (Prema) set the 12th time.