Formula 3

Fernández on F3 pole after thrilling qualifying

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Spaniard Sebastian Fernández took his maiden FIA Formula 3 pole in the first qualifying session of 2020 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

After an opening 20 minutes of half decent laps, the session burst into life as the times tumbled in the final few minutes, ending with the ART on pole from Lirim Zendeli who surprised many with a front row start for Saturday’s race.

Behind those came the PREMA cars with Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant locking out row two. Frederik Vesti recovered from a spin at the final corner to qualify sixth behind Jake Hughes.

Free Practice pace-setter David Beckmann could only manage seventh in his Trident albeit just 0.2s off pole position with Alex Peroni marking his return to racing with eighth.

Richard Verschoor and Roman Stanek completed the top ten in a session where many will be disappointed with their grid positions for race one with traffic causing issues with 30 cars on such a small track.

In particular, Hitech GP, after a superb 2019, they struggled to find the ultimate pace leaving Liam Lawson as their main contender in 12th, his teammates Dennis Hauger and Max Fewtrell could only manage 16th and 17th respectively.

Perhaps the most frustration though came for Igor Fraga who completed just five laps and missed out on the final flourish everyone else enjoyed due to mechanical issues.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Sebastian FernándezART1:19:429
2Lirim ZendeliTrident1:19:445
3Oscar PiastriPREMA1:19:564
4Logan SargeantPREMA1:19:595
5Jake HughesHWA Racelab1:19:618
6Frederik VestiPREMA1:19:676
7David BeckmannTrident1:19:693
8Alex PeroniCampos1:19:709
9Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:19:809
10Roman StanekCharouz1:19:826
11Aleksandr SmolyarART1:20:028
12Liam LawsonHitech GP1:20:055
13Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport1:20:108
14Clément NovalakCarlin Buzz Racing1:20:111
15Jack DoohanHWA Racelab1:20:141
16Dennis HaugerHitech GP1:20:190
17Max FewtrellHitech GP1:20:200
18Matteo NanniniJenzer1:20:228
19Federico MalvestitiJenzer1:20:324
20Théo PourchaireART1:20:338
21Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing1:20:344
22David SchumacherCharouz1:20:348
23Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport1:20:353
24Calan WilliamsJenzer1:20:555
25Olli CaldwellTrident1:20:846
26Enaam AhmedCarlin Buzz Racing1:20:858
27Alessio DeleddaCampos1:21:233
28Sophia FloerschCampos1:21:311
29Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab1:21:330
30Igor FragaCharouz1:23:060
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