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Carlos Sainz Jr stormed to pole position at a fog-ridden Nurburgring, his sixth front row of the season.

Once again, Formula Renault 3.5 look set to be disrupted this morning as heavy fog arrived at the historic German circuit. However, after only a minor delay, the twenty-two cars contesting the sixth round were on track with Sainz Jr the fastest over one flying lap for DAMS Racing.

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In a reduced qualifying, shortened by five minutes, long-time leader Oliver Rowland was unable to close the Spaniard's two tenth advantage and settled for second, a further two tenths faster than his team mate Sergey Sirotkin in the second Fortec.

Fastest overall during yesterday's practice sessions, Moscow race winner Roberto Merhi will start on the second row for Zeta Corse with Marlon Stockinger and Matias Laine sitting fifth and sixth respectively.

After pitting for fresh tyres Columbia's Oscar Tunjo climbed up the order to a career best seventh for Pons Racing. Replacing Oliver Webb at the Spanish outfit, the series rookie made his d?but in Spa.

Early leader, Pietro Fantin faded in the latter stages dropping to eighth with his fellow International Draco Racing driver Luca Ghiotto in ninth. Zoel Amberg will line up tenth, joined by eleventh-placed Beitske Visser in the second AVF.

It was a tough qualifying session for Arden Motorsport with Will Buller qualifying thirteenth and title contender, Pierre Gasly seventeenth for his worst placing of the season. The Frenchman starts with a thirty-three point deficit over the race one pole sitter, Sainz Jr. The top seventeen drivers were separated by just one second.

Returning to Formula Renault 3.5 action for the first time since breaking his back in Monaco, Matthieu Vaxiviere was eighteenth, eight tenths behind his team mate.

Despite the poor visibility, all times posted today were fastest than Friday practice. Race one at the Nurburgring begins this afternoon.