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DATE News (chronologically)
07/11/08
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Nico Hülkenberg fastest in qualifying once more
For the fourth time this season already, Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix, 1:32.087 min) set the fastest lap time in qualifying of the Formula 3 Euro Series. At the 4.307 kilometers long circuit through the dunes of Zandvoort, the 20-year old test driver of the Williams Formula 1 team outpaced rookie Mika Mäki (Mücke Motorsport, 1:32.167 min) from Finland by 0.080 seconds. The second grid row for the ninth season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series on Saturday will be occupied by 18-year old Frenchman Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix, 1:32.225 min) and Brit Sam Bird (Manor Motorsport, 1:32,372 min), his senior by three years, For both drivers, it was their best qualifying result of the season.

Behind the best four junior drivers, Jean-Karl Vernay (Signature-Plus, 1:32.512 min) qualified fifth. For the 20-year old Frenchman, qualifying was over with one minute to go when he landed in the gravel trap after a driving error. He still ranked fifth ahead of Japanese Koudai Tsukakoshi (Manor Motorsport, 1:32.539 min). Edoardo Mortara (Signature-Plus, 1:32.862 min), who came to Zandvoort as the points leader in the Formula 3 Euro Series, 15 points clear of Nico Hülkenberg, was only 15th.

Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix): “It was not easy, because I had expected more grip on the track. I think that a lot of sand was blown onto the track because of the wind and that it was slippery as a result. With my first set of tires, the balance of my car wasn’t that good, but with the second set, we managed to adapt the set-up to the track conditions in a better way.”

Mika Mäki (Mücke Motorsport): “At the start of the session, I didn’t have a very good feeling. Only on my last few laps with my first set of tires, it got better. After my fastest lap, I didn’t have the feeling that it was very good. I was all the more surprised when I saw the time.”

Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix): My car was fantastic. I set the fastest time in the first and in the second sector, but unfortunately, not on the same lap. Therefore, I am not on pole position. Still, I am happy, because I have never been better in qualifying than today.”

Lineup

Pos

Driver Team Car Time Gap
1. Nico Hulkenberg ART D/M 1:32.087
2. Mika Maki Mucke D/M 1:32.167 +0.080
3. Jules Bianchi ART D/M 1:32.225 +0.138
4. Sam Bird Manor D/M 1:32.372 +0.285
5. Jean-Karl Vernay Signature D/V 1:32.512 +0.425
6. Koudai Tsukakoshi Manor D/M 1:32.539 +0.452
7. Yann Clairay SG D/M 1:32.686 +0.599
8. Dani Clos Prema D/M 1:32.698 +0.611
9. Robert Wickens Signature D/V 1:32.763 +0.676
10. Christian Vietoris Mucke D/M 1:32.764 +0.677
11. Renger van der Zande Prema D/M 1:32.802 +0.715
12. Jon Lancaster ART D/M 1:32.803 +0.716
13. Niall Breen Manor D/M 1:32.851 +0.764
14. Franck Mailleux Signature D/V 1:32.854 +0.767
15. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V 1:32.862 +0.775
16. James Jakes ART D/M 1:32.894 +0.807
17. Stefano Coletti Prema D/M 1:32.983 +0.896
18. Richard Philippe Carlin D/M 1:33.081 +0.994
19. Henkie Waldschmidt SG D/M 1:33.150 +1.063
20. Erik Janis Mucke D/M 1:33.165 +1.078
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Carlin D/M 1:33.171 +1.084
22. Daniel Campos-Hull HBR D/M 1:33.242 +1.155
23. Kazuya Oshima Manor D/M 1:33.315 +1.228
24. Jens Klingmann RC D/V 1:34.154 +2.067
25. Cheng Cong Fu RC D/V 1:34.694 +2.607
26. Basil Shaaban HBR D/M 1:35.025 +2.938
27. Martin Plowman RC D/V 1:35.679 +3.592

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