R03 Norisring - Qualifying 1 Report
FIA Formula 3

22 June 2018

Foto 1 - R03 Norisring - Qualifying 1 Report

PREMA Theodore Racing quickly got up to pace at Norisring, in the opening qualifying session for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. On the short and famous venue on the outskirts of Nuremberg, New Zealander Marcus Armstrong tamed the damp track conditions to deliver an amazing pole position for race 1. Armstrong, who is supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy, saved his best for last and posted an impressive late flyer to top the second group, in a session that featured a split pack to minimize traffic. Also in group 2, Mick Schumacher was a top contender at home, ending up just 10 hundreds of a second away from the lead in P3. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding with a track marshal cost him a three-position penalty to be served on the grid for race 1. Ralf Aron will start from the third place after setting the second fastest lap of his group, bouncing back to the great form showed in Pau. On the other hand, Russian Robert Shwartzman and Chinese Guanyu Zhou faced some late struggles and ended up fifth and seventh in their respective groups.


# 1 - Guanyu Zhou

“At the beginning, the car felt really good and up and we were able to stay at the front end of the pack. Unfortunately, with about six minutes, when the track started to get dry, I began struggling with the lack of grip and started sliding all the way around. Probably the pressures were a bit too high and that prevented me from putting a good lap together in the final stages.”


# 4 - Mick Schumacher

“Qualifying 1 went well and the pace was there as we fought for pole for the whole session. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding led to a penalty which will make race 1 even more challenging tomorrow. We will rely on our good potential to make our way back to the front.”


# 7 - Ralf Aron

“The car was good. We went out and the pace felt quick straight away but I think that is what cost us at the end because we ended up using our tires way too much when it didn’t really count. At the end that cost us that tiny little bit that could have handed pole in the group. Anyway, the track was improving so it wasn’t gonna be pole overall. I’m satisfied and looking forward to tomorrow.”


# 8 - Marcus Armstrong

“At the beginning, I didn’t push too much because I knew that the track was going to improve so the pace would become faster. Then the track improved and everything really came together. I did some very similar lap times in the end so there was still some margin. In the dry, the car feels really good too and even in practice, the potential was there.  Now let’s hope for a smooth race tomorrow.”


# 10 - Robert Schwartzman

“It wasn’t the luckiest qualifying. In the beginning, the pace wasn’t bad but the track dried up much slower than we expected. Then we faced traffic issues and that left me with just one last chance which eventually wasn’t enough to get further up than fifth place.”

Foto 2 - R03 Norisring - Qualifying 1 Report

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