Hamilton takes Monaco pole
the qualifying session for the Formula 3 Euro Series Monaco
Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:28,593
min) succeeded in securing the pole position. At the 3.340-kilometre
Circuit de la Principauté, the Briton will be
the pole-sitter on the grid for the seventh and the eighth
rounds respectively. This means that the McLaren protégé
secured already his fifth pole in the 2005 season so far,
with Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:29,202 min),
Loïc Duval (Signature-Plus, Dallara-Opel, 1:29,316 min)
and Franck Perera (Prema Powerteam, Dallara-Opel, 1:29,523
min) completing the first two rows of the grid.
23 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers contest only one qualifying,
during the Monaco Formula One GP weekend, therefore, the result
of this session was decisive regarding the grid positions
for both rounds of the weekend. Lewis Hamilton secured the
pole in superior style by setting a lap time 0.609 seconds
fastest than the one of his closest chaser. In the very last
seconds of the session, Hamiltons team-mate, Adrian
Sutil, moved up to second place, thus pushing French driver
Loïc Duval away from the first row of the grid. A remarkable
effort as the German had to contest the final five minutes
of the session with a twisted rear wing after having spun
in Poitiers, short before the tunnel, and making
slight contact with the tyre walls.
to several yellow phases, it was anything but easy for the
drivers of the most competitive young gun series worldwide,
to complete a fast lap. Esteban Guerrieris (Team Midland
Euroseries, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:36,365 min) qualifying session
lasted just eight minutes. The Argentinean missed the Swimming
Pool chicane and skidded into the crash barriers, thus
destroying his complete front suspension.
15 minutes of the 30-minute qualifying, Hannes Neuhauser (HBR
Motorsport, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:32,664 min) spun and stranded
close to the tyre walls and the session was red flagged.
But at the end of the day, the Austrian could continue.
Hamilton (ASM F3): Im delighted to have clinched
the Monaco pole. It was hard work and it was anything but
easy to find the gap for a fast lap
Sutil (ASM F3): Second position on the grid is a good
result. Yet, Im not happy with my performance. After
having made contact with the tyre walls, my rear wing was
twisted and I had to contest the rest of the session being
hampered by this handicap.
Duval (Signature-Plus): I gave my very best, today,
but Lewis and his car are just too good. Yet, at the end of
the day, to be third on the grid is a promising initial position,
offering me the chance of clinching a good result.
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