Trident’s Zane Maloney claimed pole position for the FIA Formula 3 round at Zandvoort, in a session where several drivers had their final laps affected by a late red flag.
Maloney is the first driver to achieve a repeat pole this season, putting an end to a seven-round streak of different polesitters.
Practice pacesetter Victor Martins was first to top the charts. His laptime of 1m25.152s was half-a-second faster than his fastest time in the morning. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto was provisionally second in the early stages of the session, just one tenth off Martins’ benchmark.
All the cars were out on track again for the second run with 14 minutes remaining on the clock. Jenzer’s Ido Cohen and Charouz Racing System’s Francesco Pizzi complained over the radio as they had to abort their laps due to running into traffic of drivers completing their preparation laps.
ART Grand Prix’s Martins lowered his time, but Maloney would better it by almost three tenths. Maloney’s teammate Roman Stanek also improved to third as cars headed back into the pit-lane.
The short track length — just 4.307 kilometres — allowed drivers to go for a three-run plan with just one timed lap in each, contrasting with the usual strategy of two runs with two timed laps each.
Prema’s Jak Crawford moved up to third place while the session remained green, and championship leader Isack Hadjar was also able to improve after being out of the top 12 for most of the session. The Hitech GP ace set the sixth fastest time, just ahead of series debutant Sebastian Montoya, who is deputising for injured Hunter Yeany at Campos.
The red flag then came out with less than one minute to go after Jenzer’s William Alatalo had a snap at the banked turn three and hit the barrier, and it wouldn’t restart. Prema’s Ollie Bearman, who was approaching the start-finish line at that point, couldn’t make his lap count and will start both races from 14th on the grid. Team-mate Arthur Leclerc fared worse, qualifying 20th for the second Friday in a row.
ART GP’s Juan Manuel Correa took reversed-grid pole position, with his teammate Gregoire Saucy to start Saturday’s sprint race alongside him.
|2||Victor Martins||ART Grand Prix||1m24.675s||+0.289||12|
|3||Jak Crawford||Prema Racing||1m24.822s||+0.436||11|
|5||Franco Colapinto||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m24.855s||+0.469||10|
|6||Isack Hadjar||Hitech Grand Prix||1m25.029s||+0.643||11|
|7||Sebastian Montoya||Campos Racing||1m25.038s||+0.652||12|
|9||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1m25.172s||+0.786||13|
|11||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||1m25.365s||+0.979||10|
|12||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1m25.376s||+0.990||11|
|13||Kush Maini||MP Motorsport||1m25.510s||+1.124||13|
|14||Ollie Bearman||Prema Racing||1m25.555s||+1.169||10|
|16||Alexander Smolyar||MP Motorsport||1m25.618s||+1.232||13|
|17||Pepe Marti||Campos Racing||1m25.628s||+1.242||11|
|18||Kaylen Frederick||Hitech Grand Prix||1m25.637s||+1.251||11|
|19||Rafael Villagomez||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m25.668s||+1.282||10|
|20||Arthur Leclerc||Prema Racing||1m25.684s||+1.298||10|
|21||Francesco Pizzi||Charouz Racing System||1m25.762s||+1.376||12|
|22||William Alatalo||Jenzer Motorsport||1m25.800s||+1.414||12|
|23||Reece Ushijima||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m25.826s||+1.440||10|
|25||Ido Cohen||Jenzer Motorsport||1m26.251s||+1.865||12|
|26||David Vidales||Campos Racing||1m26.493s||+2.107||13|
|27||David Schumacher||Charouz Racing System||1m26.631s||+2.245||10|
|28||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport||1m26.635s||+2.249||12|
|29||Nazim Azman||Hitech Grand Prix||1m27.166s||+2.780||11|
|30||Laszlo Toth||Charouz Racing System||1m28.653s||+4.267||11|