TEAM NEWS: Engel Dominates to Claim Double Pole for Carlin
TEAM NEWS: Carlin race winner Maro Engel has set the pace in the early stages of the Monza round of the British F3 championship today, setting the fastest time in official practice and taking pole position for both of tomorrow’s races.
In an incredibly close first qualifying session which saw the first ten drivers covered by just a second, Sam Bird was the next fastest Carlin driver, just 0.027 of a second from third placed man Mustonen in fourth place. Snetterton race winner Niall Breen qualified ninth, closely followed by team mate Alberto Valerio in tenth. Fellow Brazilian Mario Moraes will line up 16th.
The second qualifying session of the day was equally competitive, with just 0.091 seconds covering the top three and one second separating the top 11. With Engel again leading the way, Valerio set the second quickest time in the Carlin squad and will line up fifth for race two tomorrow. Sam Bird will start from eighth, with team mate Moraes just behind him in ninth. Niall Breen set the 11th fastest time, meaning all Carlin drivers qualified in the top 11.
Commenting on his perfect qualifying performance, Engel said, “I’m very pleased to get pole here, it’s a dream start to the weekend. The car feels fantastic, the team and my engineer have done a great job. We made a few fine adjustments before qualifying and a couple of subtle changes before the second session. Monza is just an awesome track to drive, and I’m really looking forward to the races tomorrow, there’s a long way to go, but we’re looking strong for a race win.”
Team principal Trevor Carlin added, “Maro did a perfect job today, he’s been quick from the outset. Sam is also driving well, and was the first driver to set a time under 1 minute 47 seconds in first qualifying, which we thought might have been good enough to get pole. Mario has done a great job today to improve eight places in second qualifying and is clearly feeling more comfortable in the car. All five drivers qualified for race two in the top 11, so we’re looking good for more podiums tomorrow.”