Austria F3: Hauger claims pole as track limits breach denies Collet

Dennis Hauger snatched pole position from Caio Collet after a tense FIA Formula 3 qualifying session in Austria, as the Alpine junior driver had his quickest lap time deleted.

Austria F3: Hauger claims pole as track limits breach denies Collet

MP Motorsport driver Collet was found to have exceeded track limits at Turn 10, which promotes championship leader Hauger to top spot for Sunday's feature race.

Collet’s lap deletion promoted Frederik Vesti (ART Grand Prix) to second, just 0.028s behind Prema driver Hauger, with Vesti's team-mate Alexander Smolyar third.

The top 12 is reversed for tomorrow’s sprint race, which puts Logan Sargeant (Charouz) on pole for that race. Matteo Nannini (HWA Racelab) will start in second, with MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins in third.

The session at the Red Bull Ring was marred by heavy traffic that ruined many drivers’ laps. There will be an investigation after drivers were weaving on track, as well as slowing between Turn 9 and Turn 10.

Clement Novalak (Trident) was out on track first, leading the 30-car procession onto the circuit.

There were several near-misses as the whole field crammed into the short circuit, bunching up on the warm-up lap in an attempt to create a gap for a clean lap and warm the tyres.

Hitech Grand Prix driver Roman Stanek was the first to set a representative fast lap, with a 1m21.082, before being quickly beaten by a succession of other drivers.

Caio Collet

Caio Collet

Photo by: Dutch Photo Agency

As the times tumbled, Vesti topped the timesheet, setting a 1m20.153 – just four-hundredths ahead of second placed Sargeant.

By the halfway mark, the top 22 times were within seven-tenths of each other, before drivers dived into the pits for fresh tyres and another chance at a quicker time.

As they exited the pitlane, Enzo Fittipaldi made contact with another car, with the Charouz driver under investigation for an unsafe release.

The session was then red-flagged after Carlin driver Ido Cohen - one of many who had been shown the black and white flag for breaching track limits - stopped on the side of the track near the start-finish line, before restarting several minutes later.

With just three minutes to go, the times began tumbling, with several drivers swapping places to take the lead.

Roman Stanek received a three-place grid drop after the race for impeding Lorenzo Colombo at Turn 9 during the session, and he will now start from P25.

Results

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 15 1'19.726  
2 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 15 1'19.754 0.028
3 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 15 1'19.801 0.075
4 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 15 1'19.809 0.083
5 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 15 1'19.817 0.091
6 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 16 1'19.829 0.103
7 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 14 1'19.887 0.161
8 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 15 1'19.900 0.174
9 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 15 1'19.975 0.249
10 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 15 1'20.003 0.277
11 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 16 1'20.070 0.344
12 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 15 1'20.101 0.375
13 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 15 1'20.112 0.386
14 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 16 1'20.148 0.422
15 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 14 1'20.188 0.462
16 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 15 1'20.235 0.509
17 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 16 1'20.326 0.600
18 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 16 1'20.444 0.718
19 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 16 1'20.463 0.737
20 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 15 1'20.634 0.908
21 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 15 1'20.672 0.946
22 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 16 1'20.676 0.950
23 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 15 1'20.680 0.954
24 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 15 1'20.690 0.964
25 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 15 1'20.762 1.036
26 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 15 1'20.943 1.217
27 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 16 1'21.078 1.352
28 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 15 1'21.292 1.566
29 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 15 1'21.451 1.725
30 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 10 1'21.536 1.810
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