The Carlin team dominated
proceedings in first qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on
April 28, 2017 at the 5.793 kilometres long Grand Prix circuit of Monza in
Italy with India’s rookie 18 years old Jehan
Daruvala (Carlin, 1m44.105s), a protégé of the Force India Formula 1 team, securing
his maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship pole position ahead of his
team-mate, McLaren junior driver Lando Norris (Carlin, 1m44.135s) and Jake
Dennis (Carlin, 1m44.202s).
Behind Callum Ilott (Prema
Powerteam, 1m44.370s), Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin, 1m44.552s) followed as the
fourth Carlin driver in fifth place. Joel Eriksson (Motopark, 1m44.554s), who
came to Italy as the leader in the drivers’ standings, was classified sixth in
the first qualifying of the Monza weekend.
At the Italian circuit near
Milan, the youngsters from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship staged a
thrilling qualifying. Just before the end of the session, Callum Ilott was on
top, but the British driver of the Italian Prema Powerteam wasn’t able to hold
on to this position until the end. In the final moment, two rookie drivers
moved up ahead of the stalwart. Ilott is one of three drivers who already were
present when the FIA Formula 3 European Championship last raced at Monza in
2015. On his final flying lap, Jehan Daruvala was 0.030 seconds faster than
Lando Norris, which made the Indian secure his maiden Formula 3 pole position.
The top six drivers from the
grid of 19 were covered by just half a second in qualifying, showcasing the
competitiveness of the series. It was a good day out for Carlin Motorsport as a
whole, claiming positions 1-2-3-5 on the grid.
Elated having taken his first
pole position in Formula 3, Jehan said “It is an amazing feeling to be on pole
in only my second weekend in F3. The team has given me a fantastic car and I am
glad that we could pull this off together”. The weekend will feature three
races in total – with race one scheduled on April 29 with a further two races
scheduled on Sunday April 30, 2017.
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