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F3 - Double pole position for Daniel Ticktum


Race of Zandvoort - Qualifying 2

On the Dutch North Sea coast, Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) added two further FIA Formula 3 European Championship pole positions to his tally, bringing his total of fastest qualifying times to five. At the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Zandvoort, Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing), Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) followed in second to fourth place. In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, used to determine the starting grid positions for race three, Ticktum ended up ahead of Jüri Vips (Motopark), Nikita Troitckii (Carlin) and Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing).

Starting grid race two 
With a little bit over five minutes remaining, Daniel Ticktum (1m28.779s) moved up into first place. The Motopark driver toppled erstwhile leader Ralf Aron (1m28.950s), who held on to second place behind the Brit until the end of the session. Mick Schumacher (1m29.011s) was classified third from Alex Palou (1m29.047s), who posted his personal best almost simultaneously with Ticktum. For the Spaniard, it was enough to end up fourth from points’ leader Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m29.171s). Guanyu Zhou (1m29.174s), who was unbeatable in first qualifying, followed behind his teammate Armstrong. Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin, 1m29.190s), Jüri Vips (1m29.193s), Marino Sato (Motopark, 1m29.205s) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m29.225s) rounded out the top ten.

Starting grid race three
In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, Ticktum (1m28.938s) also claimed first place ahead of Vips (1m29.329s), Troitckii (1m29.409s), Zhou (1m29.519s), Fabio Scherer (Motopark, 1m29.597s), Jehan Daruvala (Carlin, 1m29.660s), Sato (1m29.696s), Palou (1m29.782s), Habsburg (1m29.795s) and Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark, 1m29.941s) in second to tenth position.

Daniel Ticktum (Motopark): “In the three hours between first and second qualifying, we solely concentrated on improving. At the end of the day, the solution was relatively easy and with a little fine-tuning on the set-up, things went really well. I am really happy with my two pole positions and I hope that I will be able to make good starts in the races, so that I can head home after this weekend as the leader in the drivers’ standings.”