Barcelona F3: Sargeant takes third straight pole position

Prema driver Logan Sargeant scored his third FIA Formula 3 pole position in a row at Barcelona to extend his championship lead

Barcelona F3: Sargeant takes third straight pole position

Sargeant, who topped qualifying for both Silverstone rounds, eclipsed category veteran Jake Hughes by 0.111s to take the four bonus points on offer and give himself a five-point buffer over Prema team-mate Oscar Piastri at the head of the standings.

Renault junior Piastri topped the opening runs at the start of the 30-minute session by 0.022s ahead of Hitech rival Liam Lawson, with Sargeant going third fastest before the pace sharpened later in the qualifying session.

Several drivers took the opportunity to go for hot laps during the traditional mid-session lull while the track was quieter, with Lirim Zendeli (Trident) and Alex Peroni (Campos), who was second fastest in practice, both setting outright best times.

But Peroni's benchmark of 1m33.407s was beaten when the field headed out for their final runs first by David Beckmann (Trident) and Hughes, who went over two tenths of a second clear at the top with his time of 1m33.085s.

Moments later however Hughes would be demoted to second by Sargeant as the American recorded a 1m32.974s to seize the top spot which duly handed him pole position at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Lawson made a late improvement to go third, bumping erstwhile points leader Piastri down to fourth, while lead ART Grand Prix driver Sebastian Fernandez completed the top five.

Next up were Carlin's Clement Novalak, Beckmann and Theo Pourchaire (ART), while Peroni and Zendeli found themselves demoted to ninth and 10th respectively.

With Richard Verschoor in 11th place for MP Motorsport, Leo Pulcini, on his return to FIA F3 replacing Ben Barnicoat at Carlin this weekend, was a strong 12th fastest, with Matteo Nannini (Jenzer) 13th and Hungaroring polesitter Alexander Smolyar (ART) 14th, with Frederik Vesti qualifying in 15th place and the slowest of the Prema entries.

Barcelona F3 qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Logan Sargeant Prema Racing 1m32.974s
2 Jake Hughes HWA 0.111s
3 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 0.143s
4 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 0.197s
5 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 0.248s
6 Clement Novalak Carlin 0.265s
7 David Beckmann Trident 0.345s
8 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 0.412s
9 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 0.433s
10 Lirim Zendeli Trident 0.438s
11 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 0.557s
12 Leonardo Pulcini Carlin 0.614s
13 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 0.628s
14 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 0.708s
15 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 0.711s
16 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 0.788s
17 Jack Doohan HWA 0.808s
18 Cameron Das Carlin 0.852s
19 Roman Stanek Charouz 0.900s
20 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 0.918s
21 Olli Caldwell Trident 0.937s
22 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 0.960s
23 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 0.963s
24 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1.002s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1.030s
26 David Schumacher Charouz 1.051s
27 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1.214s
28 Igor Fraga Charouz 1.299s
29 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 1.543s
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 2.207s

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