By Mattias Persson
FIA Formula 3 European Championship organisers have announced the final structure for this afternoon’s qualifying sessions at Brands Hatch.
On what is the shortest circuit on the calendar, the F3 fraternity has moved to ensure sporting fairness by splitting the field into two groups for qualifying in an attempt to reduce traffic.
On Friday morning, the way in which those two groups will be divided was made public by organising body the FIA, with the first group set to feature drivers carrying odd start numbers, and the second containing runners sporting even digits.
This arrangement means that Felix, who is racing the #6 Mücke Motorsport machine, will run in the second qualifying group, alongside the likes of Alex Lynn (#2), Tom Blomqvist (#20) and Lucas Auer (#24).
Championship leader Raffaele Marciello, whom Felix is currently chasing in the fight for the title, will run in the first group as a result of carrying the #1 on his Prema Powerteam car.
As always, two qualifying sessions will be run this afternoon – the first one being used to decide the grid for races one and two, and the subsequent segment producing the line-up for Sunday’s Race 3.
Each group will get 20 minutes of driving in each of those two sessions as drivers try to achieve as fast a lap time as they possibly can, with a competitive grid slot vital at Brands Hatch due to the restricted number of overtaking opportunities on offer at the venue.
FULL QUALIFYING GROUPS
Dennis van de Laar