Barcelona F3: Hauger snatches late pole from Doohan

Prema Racing's Dennis Hauger snatched a late pole position from Trident’s Jack Doohan in a hotly contested first FIA Formula 3 qualifying session of the season.

Barcelona F3: Hauger snatches late pole from Doohan

The Red Bull junior, who joined the reigning champion team for 2021, took pole and claimed four points with just two minutes remaining of the session, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, setting a 1m32.904s effort.

Fellow Red Bull junior Doohan ended the 30-minute qualifying session second with a 1m32.910 – missing out on pole by just eight-thousandths of a second.

MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins, an Alpine Academy member, jumped from P23 to third with an incredible final flying lap of 1m32.965s.

Jack Doohan,  Trident

Jack Doohan, Trident

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HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini came fourth with a 1m33.113, with ART GP’s Frederik Vesti in fifth with a 1m33.173s. Less than half a second separates the top 12.

The new qualifying format means Carlin’s Jonny Edgar, who finished this session P12, will start from pole in tomorrow morning’s race.

ART GP’s Alexander Smolyar will start second, with MP Motorsport driver and Alpine Academy member Caio Collet in P3 and Trident’s David Schumacher in P4.

Juan Manuel Correa, ART Grand Prix

Juan Manuel Correa, ART Grand Prix

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Juan Manuel Correa, returning to the sport 18 months after surviving a tragic multiple car Formula 2 crash at Spa in 2019 that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert, finished 13th – missing out on pole for Race 1 by one place.

The start of qualifying was delayed by 15 minutes before 16-year-old Hitech Grand Prix driver and Red Bull junior Jak Crawford set the first flying lap of the session, with a 1m34.510s.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Pierre Louis Chovet took a trip off the track 10 minutes into the session before bouncing over a kerb, ruining his flying lap and leaving him in 29th.

Prema’s other two drivers – OIli Caldwell and Arthur Leclerc – finished the session in P6 and P15 respectively.

Hauger topped the practice session earlier on Friday morning with a time of 1m33.596s.

This qualifying session set the grid for Sunday’s race, while tomorrow’s first race will be decided by reversing the top 12. The top 12 of that race will be reversed for the second race on Saturday afternoon.

FIA Formula 3 Championship -  Qualifying results

Cla Driver Team Time Gap Interval
1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 1'32.904    
2 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 1'32.910 0.006 0.006
3 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'32.965 0.061 0.055
4 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 1'33.113 0.209 0.148
5 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 1'33.173 0.269 0.060
6 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 1'33.184 0.280 0.011
7 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 1'33.225 0.321 0.041
8 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'33.263 0.359 0.038
9 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 1'33.274 0.370 0.011
10 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'33.305 0.401 0.031
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