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Sargeant takes Silverstone F3 pole again as problems hit Piastri

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Prema Racing’s Logan Sargeant took his second successive FIA Formula 3 pole position at Silverstone as championship leader Oscar Piastri was plagued by issues.

Team-mates Sargeant and Piastri were trading fastest laps in the first half of the 30-minute session, but as the drivers returned to the pits halfway through the session, Piastri stopped at pit entry.

He was initially pushed by marshals and was able to restart the car, returning to the pits for a fresh set of tyres.

Initially, it appeared Prema had rectified the issue, but Piastri came to a halt again at Luffield – bringing out a red flag with four minutes remaining.

The pit entry incident has been noted by the stewards.

Sargeant had bettered his own time prior to the red flag, while HWA Racelab’s Enzo Fittipaldi had leapt up to third seconds before the red flag was thrown ahead of team-mate Jake Hughes.

The session was resumed with four minutes to spare, and times improved further for much of the field.

Hughes initially took the top spot, but Sargeant grabbed it back by going quicker in each of the three sectors to continue his strong qualifying form.

Piastri, meanwhile, dropped down to 11th after his issues.

Hitech’s Liam Lawson – who won last weekend’s Saturday race – took second again with a late lap. Hughes eventually took third ahead of the third Prema driver Frederik Vesti.

MP Motorsport’s Bent Viscaal vaulted up to fifth in the closing stages, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire, HWA’s Jack Doohan, Trident’s David Beckmann, Carlin single-seater returnee Ben Barnicoat and Trident’s Lirim Zendeli.

Fittipaldi ended up 13th after not improving at the end while ART’s Alexander Smolyar and Sebastian Fernandez also dropped back late on – to 17th and 19th respectively.


Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m45.063s
2 Liam Lawson Hitech 1m45.297s +0.234s
3 Jake Hughes HWA 1m45.407s +0.344s
4 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m45.584s +0.521s
5 Bent Viscaal MP 1m45.597s +0.534s
6 Theo Pourchaire ART 1m45.630s +0.567s
7 Jack Doohan HWA 1m45.636s +0.573s
8 David Beckmann Trident 1m45.678s +0.615s
9 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 1m45.765s +0.702s
10 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m45.859s +0.796s
11 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m45.877s +0.814s
12 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m45.893s +0.830s
13 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 1m45.953s +0.890s
14 Matteo Nannini Jenzer 1m45.972s +0.909s
15 Cameron Das Carlin 1m46.029s +0.966s
16 Max Fewtrell Hitech 1m46.029s +0.966s
17 Alexander Smolyar ART 1m46.035s +0.972s
18 Alex Peroni Campos 1m46.084s +1.021s
19 Sebastian Fernandez ART 1m46.197s +1.134s
20 Calan Williams Jenzer 1m46.221s +1.158s
21 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer 1m46.279s +1.216s
22 David Schumacher Charouz 1m46.391s +1.328s
23 Olli Caldwell Trident 1m46.429s +1.366s
24 Dennis Hauger Hitech 1m46.559s +1.496s
25 Roman Stanek Charouz 1m46.620s +1.557s
26 Igor Fraga Charouz 1m46.687s +1.624s
27 Richard Verschoor MP 1m46.711s +1.648s
28 Lukas Dunner MP 1m47.138s +2.075s
29 Sophia Floersch Campos 1m47.242s +2.179s
30 Alessio Deledda Campos 1m47.860s +2.797s