Prema’s Logan Sargeant secured his third FIA Formula 3 pole position in a row by taking the top spot in qualifying at Barcelona.
Championship leader Sargeant left it late to take the top spot, putting in his best effort towards the conclusion of the 30-minute session.
Initially, Sargeant’s Prema team-mate Oscar Piastri was setting the fastest times, but slipped back to fourth in the end, albeit only a tenth behind Sargeant.
HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes took second at the end, ahead of Hitech’s Liam Lawson – who appeared to have an issue in the middle of the session that was not terminal.
Sebastian Fernandez was the highest-placed ART Grand Prix driver in fifth, ahead of Carlin’s Clement Novalak.
Trident’s David Beckmann and ART’s Theo Pourchaire rounded out the top eight, while Alex Peroni (Campos Racing) and Lirim Zendeli (Trident) opted for a different strategy.
The pair – like a few others towards the bottom of the standings – opted to run in the gap in the middle of the session. Initially, it appeared to work, but both slipped down the order to ninth and 10th and are under investigation over a case of impeding.
Returnee Leonardo Pulcini was 12th fastest for Carlin, just behind Richard Verschoor.
The third Prema driver Frederik Vesti could only manage 15th, while practice pacesetter Roman Stanek was only 19th – albeit still the fastest Charouz driver with team-mates David Schumacher 26th and Igor Fraga 28th.
The most recent race winner Bent Viscaal was 23rd, the last driver within one second of pole.
A crash for slowest driver Alessio Deledda at Turn 4 brought the session to a premature conclusion – mirroring what occurred in the practice session this morning.
|2||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||1m33.085s||+0.111s|
|3||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1m33.117s||+0.143s|
|5||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix||1m33.222s||+0.248s|
|8||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1m33.386s||+0.412s|
|9||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing||1m33.407s||+0.433s|
|11||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1m33.531s||+0.557s|
|13||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport||1m33.602s||+0.628s|
|14||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1m33.682s||+0.708s|
|16||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||1m33.762s||+0.788s|
|17||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||1m33.782s||+0.808s|
|19||Roman Stanek||Charouz Racing System||1m33.874s||+0.900s|
|20||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||1m33.892s||+0.918s|
|22||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||1m33.934s||+0.960s|
|23||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||1m33.937s||+0.963s|
|24||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||1m33.976s||+1.002s|
|25||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1m34.004s||+1.030s|
|26||David Schumacher||Charouz Racing System||1m34.025s||+1.051s|
|27||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport||1m34.188s||+1.214s|
|28||Igor Fraga||Charouz Racing System||1m34.273s||+1.299s|
|29||Sophia Floersch||Campos Racing||1m34.517s||+1.543s|
|30||Alessio Deledda||aCampos Racing||1m35.181s||+2.207s|