14 APRIL 2012: Carlos Sainz and Felix Serralles shared the pole position honours at Monza this morning in a thrilling Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series qualifying session. Carlin’s Spanish driver Sainz set the best lap time around the Italian Grand Prix circuit to claim top spot on the grid for tomorrow’s third race, with Puerto Rico’s Serralles snatching the pole for Fortec for race one this afternoon.
Sainz was delighted with overnight changes to his car after finishing yesterday’s dry free practice session only fifth: “It was a really good qualifying for me. Both my quick laps were really good ones, so I am looking forward to the races. I had a really good car today – it’s the most happy I have ever felt with it.”
Sainz was concerned however that his rivals in the Fortec team will be tough to beat: “The Fortec cars are really fast on the straights compared with us, and if they have a tow in front of them it will be impossible to overtake them; if they have no tow then maybe it is possible…”
Sainz’s quickest lap of 1m 46.575s was 0.147s quicker than Serralles’ top time, but Felix turned the tables on Carlos in terms of their second-best times, which establish the grid for race one, with a 1m 46.768s lap compared with his rival’s 1m 46.787s.
Britain’s Alex Lynn was third quickest overall, and the Essex driver will start this afternoon’s race from third also, ahead of his team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk, Carlin’s Pietro Fantin and Pipo Derani.
Brits Harry Tincknell and Jack Harvey did not fare so well. Tincknell will go this afternoon from eighth, one place ahead of Harvey, and in race three from eighth again, this time two spots ahead of Oulton Park round one victor Harvey. “I just didn’t seem to have the grip,” said Carlin man Tincknell, “but I’m reassured that last year here Felipe Nasr started from eighth and still won…”
“It’s not a disaster,” added Harvey. “If you are going to have a bad qualifying then it needs to happen here. We’ve made it a bit harder for ourselves, though.” Jack was on a good lap towards the end of the session when he was forced to back off to respect a yellow flag at Ascari, flying because Fahmi Ilyas had beached his car in the gravel.
Spike Goddard was comfortably the quicker car in the National class, the Australian T-Sport man recovering well from his wet-session crash yesterday.
Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Provisional qualifying times / Monza (ITA) / 14 April 2012
Leading International class runners
1 Carlos SAINZ / ESP, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 46.575s
2 Felix SERRALLES / PUR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 46.722s
3 Alex LYNN / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 46.779s
4 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 46.901s
5 Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 46.951s
6 Pipo DERANI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m 47.083s
7 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 47.219s
8 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 47.562s
9 Nick McBRIDE / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m 47.583s
10 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 1m 47.788s
11 Geoff UHRHANE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 1m 48.015s
12 Fahmi ILYAS / MAS, Double R Dallara-Mercedes 1m 48.992s
1 Spike GODDARD / AUS, T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda 1m 49.943s
2 Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS, Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda 1m 50.736s
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