Monza GP3: Leclerc denies Arden 1-2 with late flyer

Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc was quickest in the GP3 qualifying at Monza, beating Arden duo Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken to the spot.

Monza GP3: Leclerc denies Arden 1-2 with late flyer
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Jake Dennis, Arden International
Jake Dennis, Arden International
Jack Aitken, Arden International
Jack Aitken, Arden International

Leclerc had the early lead of the session and while teammate Nyck de Vries took over after the second set of flying laps, Jake Dennis went two hundredths quicker before the end of the first stint.

Once the second part of the session kicked off, Jack Aitken took the lead with the help of teammate Dennis' slipstream.

The duo then immediately went for another go but the red flag was brought out with three minutes left as Giuliano Alesi stopped on the main straight.

The session was restarted, with the field having time for onlu one lap.

Dennis recovered from missing out on an improvement before the red flag by beating Aitken, who made a mistake on his lap, by just 0.003s.

However, Leclerc went even quicker, going clear of the Arden duo by almost two tenths.

Alex Albon will start fourth, having narrowly finished ahead a train of cars.

DAMS duo Jake Hughes and Kevin Jorg were just 0.003s and 0.025s slower in fifth and sixth.

Nirei Fukuzumi and local driver Antonio Fuoco were only a further six and seven thousandths slower as Nyck de Vries had to settle for ninth, despite being only 0.038s behind Albon.

Ralph Boschung, who returned to the series after skipping Spa, completed the top 10.

Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverTeamTimeGap
1 1 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1'38.546  
2 9 Jake Dennis Arden International 1'38.712 0.166
3 11 Jack Aitken Arden International 1'38.729 0.183
4 3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1'38.847 0.301
5 27 Jake Hughes DAMS 1'38.850 0.304
6 28 Kevin Joerg DAMS 1'38.872 0.326
7 2 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1'38.878 0.332
8 5 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1'38.879 0.333
9 4 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1'38.885 0.339
10 17 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1'38.945 0.399
11 22 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1'39.045 0.499
12 8 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1'39.084 0.538
13 16 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1'39.255 0.709
14 26 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1'39.268 0.722
15 10 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1'39.286 0.740
16 7 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1'39.377 0.831
17 14 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1'39.430 0.884
18 23 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1'39.439 0.893
19 20 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1'39.535 0.989
20 18 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1'39.558 1.012
21 6 Artur Janosz Trident 1'39.869 1.323
22 24 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1'40.216 1.670
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