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Goethe gets pole then crashes as team-mate Bortoleto wins F3 title

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Trident emerged triumphant from a chaotic FIA Formula 3 qualifying session at Monza, as Oliver Goethe took pole but crashed out and Gabriel Bortoleto became champion.

There was drama from the off, with cars queuing up on the back straight before a single laptime had been set and red flags being waved after Ido Cohen was spun around by Rodin Carlin team-mate Ollie Gray after slowing to avoid the cars in front of him that were going excessively slowly.

Qualifying was later restarted and the first laptimes came in with 16 minutes to go of the half-hour session. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Caio Collet went fastest, setting a 1m39.001s to lead Prema’s title contender Paul Aron by 0.042 seconds. Goethe was a further 0.012s back, and MP Motorsport’s Jonny Edgar was fourth fastest.

Red flags then waved again less than two minutes later as Campos Racing’s debuting Joshua Dufek spun into the gravel at the second chicane.

Several drivers still had not set a timed lap at this point, and so there was a rush to get just that done when the second restart took place.

Title-elect Bortoleto went fifth fastest with his first lap following the restart on used tyres, and Goethe then went to the top with a 1m38.909s.

After setting that time, Goethe had a huge crash at the second Lesmo and qualifying was stopped – and not restarted – with more than nine minutes left on the clock.

That locked in the top three of Goethe, Collet and Aron, unless Goethe has his fastest lap deleted for causing the red flags, and Aron’s failure to take the points for pole made Bortoleto’s points lead unsurmountable over the next two days.

Trident informed Bortoleto of his crowning in the pitlane, after he had qualified fifth.

The top 10 was completed by Hitech GP’s Gabriele Mini, Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan, Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli, Hitech’s Luke Browning and Jenzer Motorsport’s Taylor Barnard.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m38.909s 5
2 Caio Collet Vam Amersfoort Racing 1m39.001s +0.092s 3
3 Paul Aron Prema 1m39.043s +0.134s 3
4 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m39.137s +0.228s 3
5 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m39.261s +0.352s 5
6 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m39.288s +0.379s 3
7 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m39.319s +0.410s 4
8 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m39.340s +0.431s 3
9 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m39.442s +0.533s 3
10 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.573s +0.664s 3
11 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m39.580s +0.671s 3
12 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m39.601s +0.692s 3
13 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m39.710s +0.801s 3
14 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m39.784s +0.875s 5
15 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m39.879s +0.970s 3
16 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m40.114s +1.205s 3
17 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m40.176s +1.267s 4
18 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.203s +1.294s 3
19 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m40.211s +1.302s 3
20 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m40.640s +1.731s 3
21 Francesco Simonazzi Carlin 1m40.650s +1.912s 3
22 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m40.661s +2.286s 3
23 Michael Shin PHM by Charouz 1m40.718s +2.330s 3
24 Joshua Dufek Campos Racing 1m40.832s +2.510s 3
25 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.908s +2.513s 4
26 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m40.952s +3.602s 4
27 Dino Beganovic Prema no time 4
28 Ollie Gray no time 2
29 Ido Cohen PHM by Charouz no time 3
DNA Nikita Bedrn Jenzer Motorsport no time