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Hauger converts practice pace to pole in F3 season opener

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

After topping the morning’s practice session, Dennis Hauger asserted his dominance by taking the first pole position of the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship in Barcelona.

The Norwegian pipped Jack Doohan to the top spot by just six thousandths of a second as he returned to PREMA with style having spent 2020 with Hitech GP.

Doohan led the field for much of the session but on Hauger’s last run, the Red Bull junior found something extra which was enough to topple the Australian in the Trident.

Their party was almost spoiled late on by the impressive rookie Victor Martins but the Frenchman just missed out on the front row despite a purple middle sector, although he will be happy with such a good start to his first F3 year.

He and Matteo Nannini will line up for Sunday’s race on the second row after the Italian, doing both F3 and FIA Formula 2 in 2021, also put in a late lap to boost himself up the order.

Their late improvements saw Frederik Vesti bumped down to fifth while Hauger’s teammate Olli Caldwell found more speed by ending the half hour session in sixth.

Clément Novalak was out shadowed by his teammate Doohan but seventh is still a solid start to his second campaign in the series after moving to Trident from Carlin over the winter.

Charouz’s late signing Logan Sargeant was eighth fastest which is an achievement in itself with such little time to properly prepare for the season. He headed David Schumacher and Caio Collet who rounded out the top ten.

The first race of the season on Saturday morning though will see Jonny Edgar start from pole. With the top twelve reversed, the British teenager was delighted to sneak into that top twelve giving him a great chance of good points tomorrow. As does Aleksandr Smolyar who starts second for the season opener.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Dennis HaugerPREMA1:32:904
2Jack DoohanTrident1:32:910
3Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:32:965
4Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:33:113
5Frederik VestiART1:33:173
6Olli CaldwellPREMA1:33:184
7Clément NovalakTrident1:33:225
8Logan SargeantCharouz1:33:263
9David SchumacherTrident1:33:274
10Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:33:305
11Aleksandr SmolyarART1:33:355
12Jonny EdgarCarlin1:33:370
13Juan Manuel CorreaART1:33:459
14Roman StanekHitech GP1:33:522
15Arthur LeclercPREMA1:33:535
16Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:33:637
17Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:33:675
18Enzo FittipaldiCharouz1:33:806
19Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:33:865
20Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:33:876
21Calan WilliamsJenzer1:33:881
22Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:33:908
23Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:33:961
24Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:34:024
25Amaury CordeelCampos1:34:191
26Ido CohenCarlin1:34:333
27László TóthCampos1:34:470
28Reshad De GerusCharouz1:34:775
29Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:34:778
30Filip UgranJenzer1:35:132
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