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Jack Doohan takes crucial FIA F3 Sochi pole, Hauger ninth

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

FIA Formula 3 outside title contender Jack Doohan has taken his second pole of the season at Sochi with points leader Dennis Hauger in ninth.

The 30-minute session started off in a messy manner, with cars jostling for position all over the circuit. Doohan in particular was oversteering all over the circuit.

A handful of opening representative laps were put in before Carlin’s Jonny Edgar crashed at Turn 14, prompting a red flag.

Once the session resumed, Doohan was able to rectify his issues and top the timesheets, while Hauger had a wide moment at T14 and could only take 14th on the first set of tyres.

On the second runs, it was Doohan’s Trident team-mate Clement Novalak, who previously had qualified in fifth or sixth in every session, who took it to the top of the timesheets.

However, after the session had concluded, it was determined that Doohan had topped the timesheets after an apparent transponder issue, although results are provisional at the time of writing.

Hauger recovered what was a scruffy session to end up ninth. The result means he must outscore Doohan in the first race of the weekend, rescheduled to Friday with bad weather expected on Saturday, by six points to clinch the title with two races to spare.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard took his and the team’s best qualifying of the season by far with third place, with ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti in fourth ahead of team-mate Juan Manuel Correa – who took his best qualifying after his return from injury.

Campos’s Lorenzo Colombo qualified sixth ahead of the third ART entry of Alexander Smolyar at his home event, with practice pacesetter Caio Collet in eighth ahead of Hauger.

Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford rounded out the top 10, with Charouz Racing System’s Logan Sargeant and Collet’s MP Motorsport’s team-mate Victor Martins in 11th and 12th for the reversed grid spots.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Doohan Trident 1m54.514s 12
2 Clement Novalak Trident 1m54.648s +0.134s 12
3 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.687s +0.173s 11
4 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m54.712s +0.198s 12
5 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m54.755s +0.241s 12
6 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m54.759s +0.245s 12
7 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m54.765s +0.251s 12
8 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m54.772s +0.258s 12
9 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m54.826s +0.312s 12
10 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m54.853s +0.339s 12
11 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 1m54.859s +0.345s 12
12 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m54.959s +0.445s 11
12 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m54.977s +0.463s 13
13 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m55.089s +0.575s 12
13 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1m55.151s +0.637s 11
14 David Schumacher Trident 1m55.166s +0.652s 11
16 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m55.228s +0.714s 13
17 Olli Caldwell Prema 1m55.302s +0.788s 11
18 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m55.419s +0.905s 12
20 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m55.466s +0.952s 11
21 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.503s +0.989s 12
22 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m55.680s +1.166s 12
23 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1m56.007s +1.493s 11
24 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.263s +1.749s 12
25 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1m56.525s +2.011s 11
26 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System 1m56.527s +2.013s 11
27 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing 1m56.600s +2.086s 12
28 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m57.029s +2.515s 11
29 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System 1m57.164s +2.650s 12
30 Jonny Edgar Carlin 2m24.507s +29.993s 2