Spielberg F3: Eriksson secures maiden pole in first qualifying

European Formula 3 rookie Joel Eriksson took his maiden pole in the series in the first qualifying session at Spielberg.

Spielberg F3: Eriksson secures maiden pole in first qualifying

The Swede, who has already collected three podiums this year and is currently second in the Rookies' championship, also claimed Motopark's first pole since its return to the series last year.

Eriksson held onto the lead as Maximilian Gunther's late effort fell 0.074s short, the German sharing the front row of Race 1 with the Swede.

British duo Callum Ilott and Ben Barnicoat took third and fourth respectively, with championship leader Lance Stroll completing the top five.

Mucke's Mikkel Jensen will start sixth, followed by George Russell and Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou, the Chinese ending up four tenths slower than his pace-setting teammate Eriksson.

The top 10 was made up by Pedro Piquet and Ralf Aron, the latter beating David Beckmann by just eight thousandths.

Qualifying results

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Joel Eriksson Motopark 1:23.834  
2 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 1:23.908 0.074
3 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 1:23.969 0.135
4 Ben Barnicoat HitechGP 1:24.024 0.190
5 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 1:24.058 0.224
6 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 1:24.091 0.257
7 George Russell HitechGP 1:24.156 0.322
8 Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 1:24.241 0.407
9 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 1:24.328 0.494
10 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 1:24.406 0.572
11 David Beckmann kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 1:24.414 0.580
12 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 1:24.499 0.665
13 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1:24.551 0.717
14 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 1:24.711 0.877
15 Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 1:24.713 0.879
16 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 1:24.715 0.881
17 Niko Kari Motopark 1:24.791 0.957
18 Ryan Tveter Carlin 1:24.841 1.007
19 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 1:25.256 1.422
20 Peter Li Zhi Cong Carlin 1:25.390 1.556
21 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:25.483 1.649
22 Weiron Tan Carlin 1:25.964 2.130
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