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Vesti takes FIA F3 pole at Styrian GP as issue hits Sargeant

by Bethonie Waring

Frederik Vesti claimed his maiden FIA Formula 3 Championship pole position in a stop-start qualifying session for round two at the Red Bull Ring.

Two red flag sessions and problems for two provisional pole-sitters gave Vesti the opportunity to top the times after his previous fastest lap was deleted.

Round one pole-sitter Sebastian Fernandez topped the times early in the session and was still on for provisional pole when a mistake sent the ART driver off track and into the barriers with 17 minutes on the clock.

Once the incident was cleared, Prema’s Logan Sargeant and Vesti both improved on Fernandez’s lap time, but Vesti’s faster time was disallowed after he exceeded track limits at the end of the lap.

Before most of the field could set another quick lap, the red flags were brought out again when Igor Fraga came to a stop on the start-finish straight with five minutes remaining.

With lap times improving throughout the session, almost every driver opted to head back out when the green flag returned, but a technical problem for Sargeant kept him in the pits.

Though most of the field found improvements, only two could better Sargeant’s 1m20.570s lap.

Vesti jumped up to pole with his final lap of the session, setting a 1m20.378s to go just 0.2 quicker than Sargeant. David Beckmann joined him on the front row of the grid, demoting Sargeant to third.

Oscar Piastri took fourth ahead of Theo Pourchaire and Lirim Zendeli.

Alex Peroni was the last man on track but couldn’t find improvements on his final lap and had to settle for seventh ahead of Olli Caldwell, Fernandez and Liam Lawson.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m20.378s 14
2 David Beckmann Trident 1m20.501s +0.123s 13
3 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m20.570s +0.192s 11
4 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m20.590s +0.212s 14
5 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m20.654s +0.276s 15
6 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m20.709s +0.331s 14
7 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 1m20.734s +0.356s 13
8 Olli Caldwell Trident 1m20.767s +0.390s 13
9 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1m20.816s +0.438s 7
10 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m20.853s +0.475s 14
11 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m20.871s +0.493s 14
12 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m20.935s +0.557s 14
13 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 1m20.960s +0.582s 13
14 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.026s +0.648s 15
15 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1m21.115s +0.737s 13
16 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m21.122s +0.744s 10
17 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1m21.156s +0.778s 14
18 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System 1m21.169s +0.791s 15
19 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1m21.224s +0.846s 15
20 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing 1m21.228s +0.850s 14
21 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 1m21.269s +0.891s 13
22 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System 1m21.292s +0.914s 14
23 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab 1m21.344s +0.966s 11
24 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System 1m21.415s +1.037s 11
25 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m21.436s +1.058s 16
26 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.527s +1.149s 13
27 Enaam Ahmed Carlin 1m21.544s +1.166s 14
28 Cameron Das HWA Carlin 1m21.547s +1.169s 13
29 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.606s +1.228s 14
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1m22.226s +1.848s 13