Formula 3

Vesti finds magic lap for Paul Ricard pole

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

From almost absolutely nowhere, Frederik Vesti plucked a stunning lap out of the bag to claim pole position in FIA Formula 3.

The Danish driver, part of the Mercedes F1 junior programme, didn’t set any purple sectors on his pole position lap but he was able to keep the tyres in good condition to piece together the whole lap for his second pole in the series.

He was the only driver to go below the 1:51 barrier in his ART as he beat Championship leader and practice pace-setter Dennis Hauger to top spot. The Norwegian won’t be unhappy with second however as he managed to set up his weekend well, just as he did for round one in Barcelona.

The second row of the grid for Sunday’s race will see home hero Victor Martins start from third for MP Motorsport who have found something since last season with Caio Collet fifth behind Trident’s Jack Doohan who couldn’t find an improvement on his final lap.

Clément Novalak, Doohan’s teammate, is another Frenchman on home tarmac this weekend and he qualified sixth ahead of Aleksandr Smolyar who already has a win to his name this season.

That last improvement of the session was a crucial one as Ayumu Iwasa found a chunk of time for Hitech GP to go eighth fastest ahead of Juan Manuel Correa and Logan Sargeant who also benefitted from a late improvement.

Taking reverse grid pole for the first race of the weekend tomorrow morning is Calan Williams after he qualified 12th, just behind David Schumacher who lacked race pace in Barcelona despite a strong qualifying.

Matteo Nannini and Olli Caldwell just missed out on the elusive top 12 in 13th and 14th respectively but it was even worse for Arthur Leclerc who had suspension damage on his first lap which saw him forced to retire from the session, without a lap on the board.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Frederik VestiART1:50:882
2Dennis HaugerPREMA1:51:063
3Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:51:122
4Jack DoohanTrident1:51:165
5Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:51:187
6Clément NovalakTrident1:51:213
7Aleksandr SmolyarART1:51:269
8Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:51:484
9Juan Manuel CorreaART1:51:503
10Logan SargeantCharouz1:51:525
11David SchumacherTrident1:51:550
12Calan WilliamsJenzer1:51:575
13Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:51:613
14Olli CaldwellPREMA1:51:648
15Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:51:669
16Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:51:718
17Roman StanekHitech GP1:51:772
18Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:51:809
19Amaury CordeelCampos1:51:929
20Jonathan HoggardJenzer1:52:051
21Enzo FittipaldiCharouz1:52:334
22Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:52:453
23Jonny EdgarCarlin1:52:453
24Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:52:475
25Pierre-Louis ChovetCampos1:52:564
26Reshad De GerusCharouz1:52:795
27Filip UgranJenzer1:52:823
28Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:52:946
29Ido CohenCarlin1:53:023
30Arthur LeclercPREMA2:30:239
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