Mercedes junior Frederik Vesti topped the order in a disrupted qualifying session for the second round of the FIA Formula 3 season at Paul Ricard.
An incident early in the session for Arthur Leclerc brought out the red flags while most of the field were on their first flying laps.
While everyone except Leclerc was able to put in a flying lap, the disruption to running meant the track was even busier as everyone tried to find clear space for their run.
Prema’s championship leader Dennis Hauger set the pace when the first set of laps had been completed, with MP Motorsport duo Caio Collet and Victor Martins close behind.
The top three remained unchanged until the closing stages of the session when ART Grand Prix’s Vesti jumped up the order, becoming the only driver to set a time sub-1m51s with a time of 1m50.882s.
Hauger found improvements on his second set of tyres but had to settle for second, 0.181 seconds behind Vesti.
Martins and Jack Doohan jumped up to third and fourth, knocking Collet down to fifth.
Cement Novalak and Alexander Smolyar took sixth and seventh ahead of late improver Ayuma Iwasa and Juan Manuel Correa.
In the battle for reversed-grid pole position, Lorenzo Colombo spend most of the session running in P12, but dropped down the order as others found improvements.
Calan Williams ultimately finished 12th to take pole position for race one. David Schumacher will line up alongside him with Logan Sargeant’s P10 overall placing him third on the grid.
|1||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1m50.882s||13|
|3||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1m51.122s||+0.240s||12|
|5||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1m51.187s||+0.305s||12|
|7||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1m51.269s||+0.387s||13|
|8||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||1m51.484s||+0.602s||12|
|9||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1m51.503s||+0.621s||12|
|10||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1m51.525s||+0.643s||13|
|12||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1m51.575s||+0.693s||12|
|13||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||1m51.613s||+0.731s||12|
|15||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||1m51.669s||+0.787s||13|
|16||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||1m51.718s||+0.836s||12|
|17||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||1m51.772s||+0.890s||12|
|18||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1m51.809s||+0.927s||14|
|19||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1m51.929s||+1.047s||14|
|20||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||1m52.051s||+1.169s||12|
|21||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||1m52.334s||+1.452s||12|
|24||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||1m52.475s||+1.593s||12|
|25||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Campos Racing||1m52.564s||+1.682s||13|
|26||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||1m52.795s||+1.913s||13|
|27||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1m52.823s||+1.941s||12|
|28||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||1m52.946s||+2.064s||12|