Dennis completes Pau pole hat-trick

Jake Dennis convincingly topped his qualifying group to secure the remaining two pole positions for this weekend’s European Formula 3 meeting at Pau.

With the track having dried since qualifying for the opening race earlier in the day, it was the second group that once more proved the quicker thanks to Dennis’ late session-topping effort of 1m10.276s.

That was enough for the Briton to beat Charles Leclerc’s quickest time in the slower first group by 0.110s, and also his closest second group challenger Maximilian Gunther by 0.337s.

Points leader Antonio Giovinazzi went second in the first group to ensure an identical top four starters in both of the first two races, fifth place man Markus Pommer becoming the first to buck the trend with the third best time behind Dennis and Gunther in the faster group.

Arjun Maini continued his impressive form around the Pau streets to go third quickest ahead of Alex Albon and a struggling Felix Rosenqvist in a slower session curtailed by two late red flags, while Alessio Lorandi and Dorian Boccolacci also secured top 10 berths for race two in the faster session.

Dennis' second best time - a 1m10.852s - was also enough to secure the top slot in the third and final race, ahead of Giovinazzi and Gunther.

Group A Top 10:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 1m10.386
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 0.273
Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 0.541
Alexander Albon Signature 0.698
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 0.705
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 0.747
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 0.898
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 1.275
Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 1.391
10  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1.516

Group B Top 10:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 1m10.253
Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 0.360
Markus Pommer Motopark 0.545
Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 0.746
Dorian Boccolacci Signature 0.826
Sam MacLeod Motopark 0.842
George Russell Carlin 0.909
Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 0.968
Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 0.995
10  Callum Ilott Carlin 1.024

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Series F3 Europe
Event Pau
Track Circuit de Pau
Drivers Markus Pommer , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Charles Leclerc , Maximilian Gunther
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Qualifying report