MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto put in a late lap to take his first Formula Regional European Championship pole at the Red Bull Ring, with championship leader Gregoire Saucy in sixth.
Colapinto, a frontrunner in the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2020, went to the top of the timesheet with his penultimate lap to snatch pole position from R-ace GP’s Hadrien David by a tenth of a second.
Both spent much of the session towards the top, but it was Colapinto who prevailed in the end.
Saucy, meanwhile, could only manage sixth, nearly three tenths off the pace and did not make much of an impact on the top of the times at all. His fastest lap came on his 10th tour of 12.
Prema’s Paul Aron looked set for the front row for much of the session but was displaced and ended up third quickest ahead of FA Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto – another driver to put in a late lap.
Arden’s Alex Quinn is set to start on the third row alongside Saucy after taking fifth, with team-mate William Alatalo in seventh.
R-ace’s Isack Hadjar and Zane Maloney, and ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini rounded out the top 10, with G4 Racing’s Michael Belov not far behind.
Then comes a small gap to the top of the midfield pack, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya ahead of Prema duo Dino Beganovic and David Vidales with Monolite Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti rounding out the top 15.
Championship returnee and reigning champion Gianluca Petecof was 16th fastest of the 33 runners in his KIC Motorsport-run entry after his team repaired a suspension failure from free practice on Friday.
FIA Formula 3 regular Ido Cohen was the slowest runner, but only completed two naps, neither of which was a representative time.
|1||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1m25.403s||12|
|2||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m25.516s||+0.113s||12|
|4||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||1m25.664s||+0.261s||12|
|6||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||1m25.696s||+0.293s||12|
|8||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||1m25.729s||+0.326s||11|
|9||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||1m25.756s||+0.353s||11|
|10||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m25.759s||+0.356s||12|
|11||Michael Belov||G4 Racing||1m25.773s||+0.370s||11|
|12||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m25.914s||+0.511s||11|
|15||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||1m26.093s||+0.690s||12|
|16||Gianluca Petecof||KIC Motorsport||1m26.099s||+0.696s||11|
|17||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||1m26.101s||+0.698s||12|
|18||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||1m26.138s||+0.735s||12|
|19||Patrik Pasma||ART Grand Prix||1m26.138s||+0.735s||12|
|20||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.140s||+0.737s||13|
|22||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||1m26.273s||+0.870s||12|
|23||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||1m26.292s||+0.889s||12|
|24||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.308s||+0.905s||15|
|25||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||1m26.320s||+0.917s||12|
|26||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||1m26.401s||+0.998s||12|
|27||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||1m26.584s||+1.181s||12|
|28||Jose Garfias||Monolite Racing||1m26.668s||+1.265s||12|
|29||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||1m26.862s||+1.459s||13|
|30||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||1m27.093s||+1.690s||11|
|31||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m27.316s||+1.913s||11|
|32||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||1m27.452s||+2.049s||1|
|33||Ido Cohen||JD Motorsport||2m05.574s||+40.171s||2|