F3 takes first row on the grid: Hamilton on pole
the qualifying for the fourth round of the 2005 Formula 3
Euro Series season, Lewis Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes,
1:11.021 minutes) succeeded in clinching his second pole position
of the year. His team-mate, Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes,
1:11.806 minutes) finished second to share the first row of
the grid with Hamilton, while Loïc Duval (Signature-Plus,
Dallara-Opel, 1:11.156 minutes) and James Rossiter (Signature-Plus,
Dallara-Opel, 1:12.036 minutes) secured third and fourth grid
Due to the special characteristic of the Pau street circuit,
the qualifying was contested in two groups. The drivers of
both groups had 20 minutes time to set their qualifying laps
for the 29-lap race on Sunday. In the first group, consisting
of the drivers with even numbers, Adrian Sutil took the lead
with just five more minutes to go. Two minutes later, Fabio
Carbone (Signature, SLC R1-Opel) improved to third place in
his group, thus gaining a promising position on the third
row of the grid.
In the group with the uneven numbers, Lewis Hamilton and Loïc
Duval were involved in a thrilling battle, with the Briton
coming out on top.
Several drivers, Ross Zwolsman (Team Zwolsman, Dallara-Opel,
1:13.075 minutes), Marco Bonanomi (Prema Powerteam , Dallara-Opel,
1:12.604 minutes) and rookie Átila Abreu (Mücke
Motorsport, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:20.610 minutes) had to find
out that the slightest mistake can have serious consequences,
at the narrow, twisting 2.67-kilometre circuit at the foot
of the Pyrenees, when the tyre walls made an early end to
their qualifying performances.
Hamilton (ASM F3): I was hampered by a steering
problem, therefore, it was just impossible for me to set a
faster lap time. Nevertheless, I succeeded in performing some
quite nice laps.
Sutil (ASM F3): Altogether, thats quite a
promising starting position. The qualifying was rather difficult
as it was interrupted by a lot of yellow phases. Therefore,
it wasnt easy to complete a quick lap. I think I have
not yet succeeded in making full use of my potential.
Duval (Signature-Plus): Considering the fact that
I was half a second slower than Lewis, this afternoon, this
has been a rather satisfying result as I succeeded in reducing
his lead to one tenth of a second. This proves that we can
match the pace of ASM. Here in Pau, a lot of things can happen,
on Sunday. I hope to be able to secure a podium finish.
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