Barcelona F3: Hauger snatches late pole from Doohan
Prema Racing's Dennis Hauger snatched a late pole position from Trident’s Jack Doohan in a hotly-contested first FIA Formula 3 qualifying session of the season.
The Red Bull junior, who joined the reigning champion team for 2021, took pole and claimed four points with just two minutes remaining of the session, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, setting a 1m32.904s effort.
Fellow Red Bull junior Doohan ended the 30-minute qualifying session second with a 1m32.910 – missing out on pole by just eight-thousandths of a second.
MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins, an Alpine Academy member, jumped from P23 to third with an incredible final flying lap of 1m32.965s.
HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini came fourth with a 1m33.113, with ART GP’s Frederik Vesti in fifth with a 1m33.173s. Less than half a second separated the top 12.
The new qualifying format means Carlin’s Jonny Edgar, who finished this session P12, will start from pole in tomorrow morning’s race.
ART GP’s Alexander Smolyar will start second, with MP Motorsport driver and Alpine Academy member Caio Collet in P3 and Trident’s David Schumacher in P4.
Juan Manuel Correa, returning to the sport 18 months after surviving a tragic multiple car Formula 2 crash at Spa in 2019 that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert, finished 13th – missing out on pole for Race 1 by one place.
The start of qualifying was delayed by 15 minutes before 16-year-old Hitech Grand Prix driver and Red Bull junior Jak Crawford set the first flying lap of the session, with a 1m34.510s.
Jenzer Motorsport’s Pierre Louis Chovet took a trip off the track 10 minutes into the session before bouncing over a kerb, ruining his flying lap and leaving him in 29th.
Prema’s other two drivers – OIli Caldwell and Arthur Leclerc – finished the session in P6 and P15 respectively.
Hauger topped the practice session earlier on Friday morning with a time of 1m33.596s.
This qualifying session sets the grid for Sunday’s race, while tomorrow’s first race will be decided by reversing the top 12. The top 12 of that race will be reversed for the second race on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona F3 - Qualifying results:
|1||1||Dennis Hauger||Prema Powerteam||1'32.904|
|3||17||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1'32.965||0.061|
|4||14||Matteo Nannini||HWA AG||1'33.113||0.209|
|5||7||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1'33.173||0.269|
|6||3||Olli Caldwell||Prema Powerteam||1'33.184||0.280|
|8||29||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1'33.263||0.359|
|10||18||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1'33.305||0.401|
|11||8||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1'33.355||0.451|
|13||9||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1'33.459||0.555|
|15||2||Arthur Leclerc||Prema Powerteam||1'33.535||0.631|
|16||15||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA AG||1'33.637||0.733|
|17||16||Rafael Villagómez||HWA AG||1'33.675||0.771|
|18||30||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||1'33.806||0.902|
|21||26||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1'33.881||0.977|
|22||19||Tijmen van||MP Motorsport||1'33.908||1.004|
|24||21||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1'34.024||1.120|
|25||22||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1'34.191||1.287|
|27||20||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1'34.470||1.566|
|28||31||Reshad de||Charouz Racing System||1'34.775||1.871|
|29||27||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||1'34.778||1.874|
|30||28||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1'35.132||2.228|
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