Formula 1

SARGENT BEATS LAWSON TO MAIDEN F3 POLE AT SILVERSTONE

MEDIA RELEASE/FIA Formula 3 – Photo: supplied

Logan Sargeant’s first three Qualifying sessions of the season read P4, P3 and P2, so it was only fitting that the PREMA racer took his first ever pole position in Round 4 at Silverstone, just four hundredths of a second ahead of a much improved Liam Lawson.

The sun remained out at Silverstone for Qualifying and Richard Verschoor was the first man out of the blocks to give track conditions the once over on a steady flying lap.

Having topped Free Practice, Théo Pourchaire was straight back in top spot, setting the first fast time at 1m 47s, before David Beckmann and Lawson both stole a march on the Frenchman and dipped under that.

PREMA took control at the midway stage and appeared to be in a class of their own. Oscar Piastri briefly led the table, before teammate Sargeant fired around one tenth quicker. The final of the Italian team’s drivers, Frederik Vesti, was quick enough for third.

The cars dived into the pits and headed out for their second stint with seven minutes to go. With temperatures rising above 30 degrees, it didn’t take long for the tyres to warm, and it was Lawson who led the train of cars on the next set of fast laps.

Hitech had evidently been hard at work in the break between Rounds 3 and 4 to fix their Qualifying struggles. The best the Silverstone-based outfit had managed up until Round 4 was 10th, but they were much improved around their home circuit.

Ahead of the final set of laps, Lawson sat in second, and Max Fewtrell fifth. The Red Bull junior briefly claimed first as the cars crossed the line for the final time on Friday, but PREMA’s Sargeant had gone fastest in the first and third sectors and was eying a maiden F3 pole. As was Piastri, but he was running marginally slower than his American teammate.

Lawson was knocked off provisional pole by Sargeant, who set a time of 1:46.257, while Piastri had to settle for third place. Fewtrell found enough on his final lap for fourth, ahead of Vesti in fifth.

Sebastián Fernández claimed sixth, ahead of Jake Hughes, Lirim Zendeli, Alex Smolyar and Clement Novalak.

Sargeant will be gunning for his first F3 victory in Race 1 tomorrow, which takes place at 9.25am (local time).

FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP – GREAT BRITAIN – QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM LAPS/GAP
1 Logan Sargeant USA Prema Racing 1m46.257
2 Liam Lawson NZL Hitech Grand Prix + 0.058
3 Oscar Piastri AUS Prema Racing + 0.126
4 Max Fewtrell GBR Hitech Grand Prix + 0.473
5 Frederik Vesti DEN Prema Racing + 0.528
6 Sebastian Fernandez SPA ART Grand Prix + 0.639
7 Jake Hughes GBR HWA Racelab + 0.653
8 Lirim Zendeli GER Trident + 0.684
9 Aleksandr Smolyar RUS ART Grand Prix + 0.684
10 Clement Novalak GBR Carlin Buzz Racing + 0.729
11 David Beckmann GER Trident + 0.745
12 Theo Pourchaire FRA ART Grand Prix + 0.787
13 Bent Viscaal NED MP Motorsport + 0.891
14 Richard Verschoor NED MP Motorsport + 0.905
15 Calan Williams AUS Jenzer Motorsport + 0.920
16 Sophia Flörsch GER Campos Racing + 1.087
17 Olli Caldwell GBR Trident + 1.125
18 Alex Peroni AUS Campos Racing + 1.137
19 Dennis Hauger NOR Hitech Grand Prix + 1.172
20 Ben Barnicoat GBR Carlin Buzz Racing + 1.205
21 Jack Doohan AUS HWA Racelab + 1.217
22 Lukas Dunner AUS MP Motorsport + 1.247
23 Roman Stanek CZE Charouz Racing System + 1.367
24 Igor Fraga BRA Charouz Racing System + 1.399
25 Enzo Fittipaldi BRA HWA Racelab + 1.410
26 Matteo Nannini ITA Jenzer Motorsport + 1.460
27 David Schumacher GER Sauber Junior Team by Charouz + 1.474
28 Cameron Das USA Carlin Buzz Racing + 1.980
29 Frederico Malvestiti ITA Jenzer Motorsport + 2.032
30 Alessio Deledda ITA Campos Racing + 2.127

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