Austria F3: Hauger on pole after Collet laptime deleted
Dennis Hauger snatched pole position from Caio Collet after a tense FIA Formula 3 qualifying session in Austria, as the Alpine junior driver had his best quickest lap deleted.
MP Motorsport driver Collet was found to have exceeded track limits at Turn 10, which promotes championship leader Hauger to top spot for Sunday's feature race.
Frederik Vesti (ART Grand Prix) moves to second as a result, just 0.028s behind Prema driver Hauger, with Vesti's teammate Alexander Smolyar third.
The top 12 is reversed for tomorrow’s sprint race, which puts Logan Sargeant (Charouz) on pole for that race. Matteo Nannini (HWA Racelab) will start in second, with MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins in third.
The session at the Red Bull Ring was marred by heavy traffic that ruined many drivers’ laps. There will be an investigation after drivers were weaving on track, as well as slowing between Turn 9 and Turn 10.
Clement Novalak (Trident) was out on track first, leading the 30-car procession onto the circuit.
There were several near-misses as the whole field crammed into the short circuit, bunching up on the warm-up lap in an attempt to create a gap for a clean lap and warm the tyres.
Hitech Grand Prix driver Roman Stanek was the first to set a representative fast lap, with a 1m21.082, before being quickly beaten by a succession of other drivers.
As the times tumbled, Vesti topped the timesheet, setting a 1m20.153 – just four-hundredths ahead of second placed Sargeant.
By the halfway mark, the top 22 times were within seven-tenths of each other, before drivers dived into the pits for fresh tyres and another chance at a quicker time.
As they exited the pitlane, Enzo Fittipaldi made contact with another car, with the Charouz driver under investigation for an unsafe release.
The session was then red-flagged after Carlin driver Ido Cohen - one of many who had been shown the black and white flag for breaching track limits - stopped on the side of the track near the start-finish line, before restarting several minutes later.
With just three minutes to go, the times began tumbling, with several drivers swapping places to take the lead.
Qualifying results (before Collet's lap deletion)
|1||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1'19.697|
|2||Dennis Hauger||Prema Powerteam||1'19.726||0.029|
|3||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1'19.754||0.057|
|4||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1'19.801||0.104|
|8||Olli Caldwell||Prema Powerteam||1'19.900||0.203|
|9||Arthur Leclerc||Prema Powerteam||1'19.975||0.278|
|10||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1'20.003||0.306|
|11||Matteo Nannini||HWA AG||1'20.070||0.373|
|12||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1'20.101||0.404|
|13||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1'20.112||0.415|
|15||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||1'20.188||0.491|
|18||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA AG||1'20.326||0.629|
|21||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1'20.634||0.937|
|22||Tijmen van||MP Motorsport||1'20.672||0.975|
|23||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1'20.680||0.983|
|24||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1'20.690||0.993|
|25||Reshad de||Charouz Racing System||1'20.762||1.065|
|26||Rafael Villagómez||HWA AG||1'20.943||1.246|
|27||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||1'21.078||1.381|
|28||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1'21.292||1.595|
|29||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1'21.451||1.754|
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