Linus Lundqvist and Double R Racing took their first Euroformula Open pole in qualifying for race one at Monza Eni Circuit.
The importance of the tow down Monza’s long straights was the focus of many of the drivers, with frequent scenes of 10 or more cars queued up around the lap. Lundqvist took pole with his penultimate effort, setting a 1m42.395s lap.
Motopark ran an alternate strategy to everyone else, sending its drivers out late as a pack. In the final second, Red Bull junior and Lundqvist’s rookie title rival Liam Lawson went second fastest for the team, ahead of Carlin duo Teppei Natori and Nicolai Kjaergaard.
Champion Marino Sato was the best non-rookie in fifth, leading his Motopark team-mate Cameron Das, the sole Fortec Motorsports car of Calan Williams and Carlin’s free practice pacesetter Billy Monger. Lukas Dunner, who heads the four-way fight for second in the standings, initially topped the times for Teo Martín Motorsport but ended the session filling out the top 10 with Motopark’s Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda.
Double R’s Jack Doohan, Carlin’s Ido Cohen and Christian Hahn and the final Motopark car of Niklas Krutten were all within a second of pole in 11th to 14th positions, with Drivex School’s Rui Andrade and Filip Kaminiarz sandwiching local team RP Motorsport’s debutants Kyle Kirkwood and Lorenzo Ferrari at the back.
Andrade, Kaminiarz and Krutten all had to serve stop-go penalties during qualifiying as a result of them slowing excessively on track.