Abt seals home pole in Germany
21 July 2012 – Lotus driver Daniel Abt has picked up the GP3 pole position at Hockenheim, lapping in the qualifying session which took place before final Formula 1 practice. The German will start ahead of championship leader Mitch Evans of New Zealand, with American Conor Daly heading up the second row.
Following the rain of Friday, conditions were dry but somewhat humid as this morning’s session got underway. Abt started as he meant to continue, leaving the pit lane before any of his rivals. Evans topped the timesheets after ten minutes, with Cypriot Tio Ellinas then moving ahead at the halfway point.
Daly looked to have sealed the top spot, improving on an already rapid effort before team-mate Abt delivered his pole-winning time of 1:31.961, which was quicker by less than a tenth of a second. Aero Vainio of Finland, Evans’ closest challenger in the championship, qualified fifth but starts 15th because of a grid penalty.
Elsewhere in the session, there was a spectacular sight as Russia’s Dmitry Suranovich ran wide and was pitched briefly into the air, escaping unharmed.
Hockenheim’s first GP3 race of the weekend begins at 5:20pm local time (BST +1)