Fenestraz ‘Really Happy’ with Silverstone Pole and Return to Form


Sacha Fenestraz - Carlin - Silverstone
Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Sacha Fenestraz felt positive after taking his second pole position of the season at Silverstone on Friday, three months and fourteen races after his first at Pau.

The Carlin Motorsport driver started the year with some strong performances in France after jumping into the FIA European Formula 3 Championship as the 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series champion, but since then his performances have been patchy at best, with his Qualifying performances often leaving him with too much work to do in the races.

However, there can be no complaints about the way he drove on Friday, with the Renault Sport Academy starlet securing top spot in an ultra-close Qualifying session, with his lap of 1:50.571 beating Prema Theodore Racing’s Guan Yu Zhou by 0.040 seconds.

“I am really happy to be on pole position here,” said Fenestraz.  “The team and I have been working hard, particularly in the last fortnight, so that we are now back on top after Pau.

“Hopefully, we can keep up this level. I think that I haven’t delivered the best possible performance as a driver in the past qualifying sessions, but here, I got it in one lap and I am really happy with that.

“Things can continue like this.”

In the second session, Fenestraz could not match his earlier performance but will start sixth in race two and third for race three, and aside from Jehan Daruvala’s ninth place on the grid for race one, the French-Argentine racer the only Carlin driver to qualify inside the top fourteen for any of the three races.