Formula 3

Supreme Smolyar takes maiden F3 pole

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

Russian rookie Aleksandr Smolyar proved his talent in wet conditions in the rescheduled FIA Formula 3 qualifying session by taking his first pole in the series.

Qualifying had been postponed in the afternoon due to excessive rain and a tightening time frame which meant that the series had to reschedule the session for the evening after all of the other planned sessions had been run.

This was a relief for championship front runners Lirim Zendeli and Liam Lawson who caused the red flag to the original session after aquaplaning off the circuit at the same corner.

Under the setting sun and on a still wet track, Smolyar was always a class above and took pole position by two tenths over American Logan Sargeant.

Théo Pourchaire was also very impressive in the tricky conditions at 16 years of age to qualify third ahead of Frederik Vesti and the pleasantly surprising Calan Williams for Jenzer.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri qualified sixth which was a much better scenario than if the session wasn’t run as he was only twenty-eighth in practice which could have set the grid for race one.

Sebastián Fernández was seventh and may be a tad disappointed to be the lowest placed ART on the grid with his teammate on pole.

Behind him was MP Motorsport’s dynamic Dutch duo Richard Verschoor and Bent Viscaal who set their best laps late in the session after a quiet start.

Norwegian rookie Dennis Hauger completed the top ten, out-qualifying his more experienced Hitech GP teammates Lawson and Max Fewtrell.

But they all beat practice pace-setter David Beckmann as Trident struggled in the wet. Beckmann was only fourteenth with Zendeli twenty-fifth.

It was more bad news for Jake Hughes after he couldn’t back up his fourth in practice with twenty-first in qualifying. His aim now is to get into the top ten in race one and hopefully benefit from the reverse grid.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Aleksandr SmolyarART1:51:348
2Logan SargeantPREMA1:51:606
3Théo PourchaireART1:51:714
4Frederik VestiPREMA1:52:228
5Calan WilliamsJenzer1:52:252
6Oscar PiastriPREMA1:52:278
7Sebastián FernándezART1:52:288
8Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:52:352
9Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport1:52:460
10Dennis HaugerHitech GP1:52:471
11Liam LawsonHitech GP1:52:638
12Olli CaldwellTrident1:52:919
13Max FewtrellHitech GP1:53:001
14David BeckmannTrident1:53:101
15Alex PeroniCampos1:53:231
16David SchumacherCharouz1:53:283
17Federico MalvestitiJenzer1:53:296
18Igor FragaCharouz1:53:333
19Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab1:53:432
20Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport1:53:479
21Jake HughesHWA Racelab1:53:501
22Jack DoohanHWA Racelab1:53:648
23Enaam AhmedCarlin Buzz Racing1:53:751
24Sophia FloerschCampos1:53:855
25Lirim ZendeliTrident1:53:937
26Clément NovalakCarlin Buzz Racing1:53:991
27Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing1:54:000
28Roman StanekCharouz1:54:243
29Matteo NanniniJenzer1:54:780
30Alessio DeleddaCampos1:57:455
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