Lance Stroll annihilated his opponents in a wet FIA European F3 Qualifying 1.

He set the best time of the session early on and set six laps that were quick enough to get him pole position. His fastest lap was 1.2 seconds quicker than what his second-placed teammate Max Gunther could manage.

Denying Prema from completely occupying the top 3 was Ben Barnicoat who also set an early lap which put him in second for the majority of the session until Gunther improved late on. Nick Cassidy rounded off the second row.

Harrison Newey showed promise in the wet conditions as he qualified in fifth, his best grid position yet. He was then followed by Russell, Beckmann, Aron, Tveter and Jensen.

Motopark’s car struggled in the wet with their drivers coming 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th with Kari leading the group followed by Eriksson, Zhou and Camara.

Callum Ilott had a very poor session. After spending roughly half of the session in the pits as a warning light came on inside his car, Ilott could only manage to qualify 20th

Following his pole Stroll said: “I think maybe the level of rain was a bit less at the start of the session, but I was within two tenths for a few laps afterwards too. There were definitely differing amounts of rain but I was able to be somewhat consistent, and I was very confident with the car. I’m really happy with pole by such a good margin, especially after what happened at Zandvoort”.

The grid for race one

1. Stroll

2. Gunther

3. Barnicoat

4. Cassidy

5. Newey

6. Russell

7. Beckmann

8. Aron

9. Tveter

10. Jensen

11. Lorandi

12. Kari

13. Hubert

14. Mazepin

15. Eriksson

16. Zhou

17. Camara

18. Sasahara

19. Tan

20. Ilott

21. Piquet

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