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O’Sullivan takes FIA F3 pole at Hungaroring, Bortoleto ninth fastest

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan claimed his second FIA Formula 3 pole at the Hungaroring in a qualifying session that started on damp track.

Rain fell prior to the start, and only Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli and Gabriel Bortoleto opted for wet-weather tyres at first. As a result, they went one-two on the timesheet while everyone else was over 14 seconds slower and hampered by yellow flags brought out after Rodin Carlin’s Max Esterson spun at turn two on his medium compound slick tyres.

MP Motorsport duo Fanco Colapinto and Mari Boya got within five seconds of Fornaroli’s pace, then as a dry line emerged the slick tyre runners had the advantage.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Caio Collet lowered the pace by several seconds to 1m45.726s, then red flags were waved as Carlin’s Ollie Gray found the barriers at turn three and had to drag his damaged car back to the pits.

With the clock stopped, the track dried even more during the red flag period and when qualifying restarted the pace was immediately quicker.

Colapinto set a 1m38.317s to go fastest, then Trident’s Oliver Goethe broke into the 1m37s and its was ART Grand Prix’s Nikola Tsolov and Prema’s Paul Aron who sat in second and third behind him.

Next time around the pace for everyone was several seconds faster, and Boya set a 1m35.282s to top the times. Goethe, Aron, Bortoleto and Colapinto also lapped in the 1m35s.

Fornaroli returned to first place on his next lap, setting a 1m34.572s. That put him 0.131s ahead of Aron, before Bortoleto lowered the pace to 1m34.340.

O’Sullivan came to the fore halfway through the session with a 1m34.150s lap. Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti beat it by 0.006s a minute later, and Collet improved to complete a close top four.

Everyone headed to the pits after that to change tyres, and when they returned to track the dry conditions meant DRS was enabled. That led to even larger gains in pace, and O’Sullivan improved to 1m31.091s with four minutes to go.

Prema’s Dino Beganovic went second fastest, and behind him were Fornaroli, Colapinto, Goethe and Tsolov. Aron improved at the very end to qualifying sixth, and points leader Bortoleto set a late personal best but could only qualify ninth.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m31.091s 12
2 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m31.494s +0.403s 11
3 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m31.597s +0.506s 12
4 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m31.626s +0.535s 14
5 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m31.706s +0.615s 11
6 Paul Aron Prema 1m31.744s +0.653s 11
7 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m31.809s +0.718s 14
8 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m31.857s +0.766s 14
9 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m31.876s +0.785s 13
10 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m31.880s +0.789s 14
11 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.121s +1.030s 14
12 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m32.163s +1.072s 14
13 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m32.173s +1.082s 14
14 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m32.182s +1.091s 14
15 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m32.187s +1.096s 14
16 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m32.268s +1.177s 14
17 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.315s +1.224s 14
18 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m32.325s +1.234s 14
19 Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.463s +1.372s 13
20 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.724s +1.633s 14
21 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m32.778s +1.687s 14
22 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m32.905s +1.814s 14
23 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m33.168s +2.077s 13
24 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.594s +2.503s 13
25 Max Esterson Carlin 1m33.897s +2.806s 14
26 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.415s +3.324s 13
27 Michael Shin PHM by Charouz 1m34.523s +3.432s 13
28 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m34.766s +3.675s 12
29 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m34.967s +3.876s 12
30 Ollie Gray Carlin 2m07.975s +36.884s 3