Silverstone F3: Sargeant takes another pole, points leader Piastri 11th

Logan Sargeant earned a second successive FIA Formula 3 pole position at Silverstone, while his championship-leading Prema team-mate Oscar Piastri hit trouble

Silverstone F3: Sargeant takes another pole, points leader Piastri 11th

Sargeant led Renault junior Piastri after the first qualifying run, but Piastri was forced to stop his car just before the entrance to the pitlane halfway through the session.

As the marshals began to recover his car, Piastri was able to restart the car and he returned to the pits.

The remaining drivers took to the circuit for their second and final qualifying runs, and Australian racer Piastri joined them on the track a few minutes later.

However, Piastri's car then stopped again and brought out the red flags while his rivals were attempting to displace Piastri's team-mate Sargeant from the top of the timesheets.

The stewards noted the incident and confirmed they would investigate one-time FIA F3 race winner Piastri after the session.

Just three drivers were able to set a lap time before the red flag, with Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi (HWA Racelab) improving to third place.

The session restarted with just under four minutes remaining, and Sargeant improved by over half a second to earn his second-straight FIA F3 pole with a 1m45.063s.

Red Bull junior Liam Lawson, who won last Saturday's race from second on the grid, will once again line-up on the front row alongside Sargeant.

HWA Racelab driver Jake Hughes was third-fastest on home soil ahead of Sargeant's Prema team-mate Frederik Vesti and MP Motorsport's Bent Viscaal.

Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire will line-up in sixth place for ART Grand Prix, with Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan in a career-best seventh place on the grid for HWA.

In only his second weekend back racing in single-seaters for the first time since 2016, Ben Barnicoat was an excellent eighth fastest for Carlin behind practice pace-setting Trident driver David Beckmann.

Beckmann's team-mate Lirim Zendeli rounded out the top 10 in the 30-minute session.

Reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion Piastri had tumbled to 11th place by the end of the session.

Fittipaldi and ART GP duo Alexander Smolyar and Sebastian Fernandez all improved immediately before the red flag caused by Piastri but fell to 13th, 17th and 19th positions respectively.

Silverstone F3 starting grid

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Logan Sargeant Prema Racing 1m45.063s
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 0.234s
3 Jake Hughes HWA 0.344s
4 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 0.521s
5 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 0.534s
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 0.567s
7 Jack Doohan HWA 0.573s
8 David Beckmann Trident 0.615s
9 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 0.702s
10 Lirim Zendeli Trident 0.796s
11 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 0.814s
12 Clement Novalak Carlin 0.830s
13 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 0.890s
14 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 0.909s
15 Cameron Das Carlin 0.966s
16 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 0.966s
17 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 0.972s
18 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 1.021s
19 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1.134s
20 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1.158s
21 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1.216s
22 David Schumacher Charouz 1.328s
23 Olli Caldwell Trident 1.366s
24 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1.496s
25 Roman Stanek Charouz 1.557s
26 Igor Fraga Charouz 1.624s
27 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1.648s
28 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 2.075s
29 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 2.179s
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 2.797s
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