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Nurburgring FR3.5: Roberto Merhi clinches pole

Merhi was the fastest man in wet conditions, outpacing Oscar Tunjo and Carlos Sainz Jr at the Nurburgring.
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Roberto Merhi was the fastest man during a wet qualifying at the Nurburgring, clinching his second pole position of the season.

Moscow race victor Merhi, who was the long-time leader for Zeta Corse, was just one tenth faster than the Pons Racing challenger of Oscar Tunjo. The young Columbian has improved greatly since his Spa debut and secured his career best performance to join the Spaniard on the front row.

In the latter stages, he displaced championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr who dropped to third. The Red Bull junior is looking for his second victory of the weekend for DAMS Racing. Oliver Rowland won the battle at Fortec Motorsports and will join his title rival on the second row.

Lotus' Matthieu Vaxiviere returned from his back injury to secure fifth for the Czech outfit, one second faster than his team mate Marlon Stockinger who struggled in the rain. The Filipino racer will start race two from twelfth.

Meanwhile, Sergey Sirotkin starts sixth in the second Fortec with the experienced duo Zoel Amberg and Pietro Fantin not far behind. Zeta Corse's Roman Mavlanov secured his series best qualifying for ninth with Tech 1 Racing's Marco Sorensen completing the top ten.

Norman Nato was over a second slower than his team mate Sainz Jr and will start from thirteenth this afternoon. Meindert Van Buuren's best time was deleted by officials after the Dutchman was found to be exceeding track limits. He now drops to seventeenth.

William Buller and Pierre Gasly once again struggled with their updates, greeting the chequered flag sixteenth and twentieth respectively for Arden Motorsport. Title contender, Gasly will need to rely on pit stop strategy if he is to catch Sainz Jr's championship lead.

Matias Laine and Luca Ghiotto are currently under investigation so their positions may be subject to change.

Race two at the Nurburgring begins this afternoon with an all-rookie front row.
by Katie Grimmett

Related Pictures

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Roberto Merhi - Zeta Corse [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Nyck de Vries - DAMS [credit: Renault Sport]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsports [credit: Renault Sport]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsports [credit: Renault Sport]
Alfonso Celis Jr - AVF [credit: Renault Sport]
Philo Paz Armand - Pons Racing [credit: Renault Sport]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Bruno Bonifacio, Draco Racing [credit: Formula Renault]
Photo Credit: Strakka Racing Formula Renault 3.5 team
Photo: Jorge Cunha / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI
Photo: Alvaro Villa - Renault Sport Media
Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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