Zandvoort F3: Hauger snatches pole away from Schumacher

Dennis Hauger stole pole position from David Schumacher in the final moments of FIA Formula 3 qualifying at Zandvoort, taking the front spot for the third time this season.

Zandvoort F3: Hauger snatches pole away from Schumacher
Listen to this article

The championship leader pipped the Trident driver to the top spot by just over one-tenth, denying the German his first pole position in the series.

It came after the Prema Racing driver, who is 25 points ahead in the drivers standings, had a difficult weekend in Spa last weekend qualifying just 14th.

Victor Martins will line up third for Sunday’s feature race for MP Motorsport at the team’s home race, while Trident’s Jack Doohan, who is second in the standings, starts fourth.

Trident teammate Clement Novalak finished in fifth, just 0.3s behind Hauger, with Caio Collet in sixth.

After a 10-minute delay to the start of the session, Alexander Smolyar was first to set a quick lap for ART Grand Prix, with Doohan taking an early advantage with a 1m25.630s.

Amaury Cordeel, Frederik Vesti, Victor Martins and Rafael Villagomez also set times in the 1m25s, with Hauger knocking Doohan from the top of the timesheet with a 1m25.167s.

With ten minutes down, Schumacher put himself up into second with Hitech’s Ayuma Iwasa making it into third, just two tenths behind leader Hauger.

Jak Crawford took a long trip off the road at Turn 9, running across the grass before managing to rejoin the track. Minutes later, he redeemed himself by moving up to third place.

Rafael Villagomez will start Races 1 and 3 from the pitlane after he failed to stop for the weighbridge.

The HWA Racelab driver was placed under investigation for the incident, which took place during qualifying, and later received the penalty, demoting him from 13th - his best Qualifying result to date.

He had been ordered to visit the weighbridge by the Technical Delegate but instead returned to the pits, where his team began work on the car.

With 12 minutes to go, Schumacher took the top spot, with a 1m24.715 – almost half a second quicker than Hauger, who quickly set another fast lap with a 1m24.869s.

The session was red-flagged with just over four minutes to go after Hunter Yeany spun at Turn 2 and came to a stop on track at Turn 3 in his Charouz car.

He managed to get the car restarted but interrupted the final flurry of fast laps, forcing drivers to return to the pits.

With only four minutes remaining on the clock when the session resumed a flurry of drivers improved on their previous times, including Doohan and Novalak, before Hauger took the top spot in the final 30 seconds.

Cordeel will start on pole for Saturday morning’s reverse-grid sprint race, with Logan Sargeant in second and Arthur Leclerc in third. Iwasa will line up fourth, with Alexander Smolyar in fifth and Crawford in sixth.

FIA F3 Zandvoort - qualifying results:

Cla Driver Team Time Gap
1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 1'24.580  
2 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 1'24.715 0.135
3 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'24.885 0.305
4 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 1'24.939 0.359
5 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 1'24.961 0.381
6 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'25.031 0.451
7 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 1'25.274 0.694
8 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 1'25.345 0.765
9 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 1'25.403 0.823
10 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 1'25.422 0.842
11 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'25.556 0.976
12 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 1'25.567 0.987
13 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 1'25.574 0.994
14 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 1'25.612 1.032
15 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 1'25.612 1.032
16 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 1'25.752 1.172
17 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 1'25.752 1.172
18 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 1'25.786 1.206
19 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 1'25.799 1.219
20 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 1'25.886 1.306
21 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'25.892 1.312
22 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'26.047 1.467
23 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'26.077 1.497
24 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 1'26.157 1.577
25 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'26.261 1.681
26 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 1'26.292 1.712
27 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 1'26.409 1.829
28 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 1'26.638 2.058
29 Hunter Yeany Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'27.507 2.927
30 Zdenek Chovanec Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'27.726 3.146
shares
comments
Zandvoort F3: Crawford tops twice-red-flagged practice
Previous article

Zandvoort F3: Crawford tops twice-red-flagged practice

Next article

Zandvoort F3: Leclerc holds off Sargeant for second win of the season

Zandvoort F3: Leclerc holds off Sargeant for second win of the season
What racing in Australiar the future of F1's junior series Prime

What racing in Australiar the future of F1's junior series

The announcement that FIA Formula 2 and 3 would race alongside the Australian Grand Prix from 2023 came as a surprise, not only to fans but to the series’ teams too. But with Formula 1’s boom in popularity bringing more fans to the championships, team principals are relishing the opportunity

FIA F2
Jun 28, 2022
How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape Prime

How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape

With just five points separating the top five after two rounds, FIA Formula 3 looks set for another thrilling season in 2022. But who stands the best chance of pulling away from that pack, and who are the contenders bubbling under?

FIA F3
May 3, 2022
Gregoire Saucy: How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors Prime

Gregoire Saucy: How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors

His career has been a slowburner but Gregoire Saucy trounced a collection of F1 juniors in Formula Regional by Alpine last year, and now he’s preparing to do it again in FIA F3. Here’s how the Swiss caught the world by surprise in 2021 and how he plans to do it all over again.

The hardships that haven’t dented Logan Sargeant's F1 dream Prime

The hardships that haven’t dented Logan Sargeant's F1 dream

Faced with “no options” for 2021, Logan Sargeant’s Formula 1 dream looked set to crumble. But a last-minute Formula 3 seat and a strong season secured him a Formula 2 drive for 2022. He told Motorsport.com how his transformative season affected both his personality and his future.

FIA F3
Jan 29, 2022
From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back Prime

From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back

After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it...

FIA F3
Oct 7, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Prime

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Prime

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Prime

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021