Zendeli on pole for F3 finale at Mugello, points leader Piastri 16th

Lirim Zendeli claimed the final pole position of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 season at Mugello, while championship leader Oscar Piastri will start the first race from 16th position

Zendeli on pole for F3 finale at Mugello, points leader Piastri 16th

Trident's Zendeli earned his second FIA F3 pole of the year after setting a 1m35.328s on his second and final qualifying run.

Logan Sargeant, who sits eight points adrift of his team-mate Piastri in the championship, was just 0.034s slower than Zendeli.

Sargeant branded his Prema-run machine 'undriveable' over his team radio and claimed he'd "never had so much oversteer".

The American driver will drop three positions to fifth place on the grid after picking up a grid penalty for a causing a collision with his Prema team-mate Frederik Vesti last weekend at Monza.

This will promote practice pacesetter Jake Hughes - fastest after the first qualifying runs - to the front row of the grid for HWA Racelab.

26-year-old Hughes set the fastest sector two time on his final qualifying lap but ran slightly wide in the final corner and couldn't improve.

Vesti will line-up in third place ahead of Hughes' team-mate Enzo Fittipaldi, whose fourth place on the grid marks the Ferrari junior's best qualifying result in the series.

Sargeant will start from fifth on the grid ahead of ART Grand Prix duo Sebastian Fernandez and Theo Pourchaire - the latter of which is one of the four other drivers in mathematical contention for the title alongside Piastri and Sargeant.

Another title contender, David Beckmann qualified in eighth place ahead of Red Bull junior Dennis Hauger (Hitech GP) and ART's Alexander Smolyar.

Renault junior Piastri was 11th fastest but has to serve a five-place grid penalty for forcing Beckmann off the road at Monza meaning he'll start the race from a lowly 16th place.

Consequently, the third HWA-run car of Red Bull junior Jack Doohan will now start from 11th place ahead of Red Bull stablemate Liam Lawson, whose slim title hopes further faded with a trip through the gravel during his final qualifying run.

2019 Macau Grand Prix winner Richard Verschoor lines up 13th on the grid ahead of Alex Peroni, Matteo Nannini and Piastri.

F3 Mugello qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m35.328s -
2 Logan Sargeant Prema Racing 1m35.362s 0.034s
3 Jake Hughes HWA 1m35.453s 0.125s
4 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 1m35.548s 0.220s
5 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 1m35.561s 0.233s
6 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1m35.594s 0.266s
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m35.631s 0.303s
8 David Beckmann Trident 1m35.646s 0.318s
9 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1m35.682s 0.354s
10 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m35.693s 0.365s
11 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 1m35.699s 0.371s
12 Jack Doohan HWA 1m35.941s 0.613s
13 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m35.999s 0.671s
14 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m36.043s 0.715s
15 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 1m36.094s 0.766s
16 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.135s 0.807s
17 David Schumacher Carlin 1m36.166s 0.838s
18 Olli Caldwell Trident 1m36.176s 0.848s
19 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1m36.231s 0.903s
20 Michael Belov Charouz 1m36.319s 0.991s
21 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.364s 1.036s
22 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1m36.477s 1.149s
23 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m36.537s 1.209s
24 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 1m36.606s 1.278s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.853s 1.525s
26 Roman Stanek Charouz 1m36.879s 1.551s
27 Cameron Das Carlin 1m37.571s 2.243s
28 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1m37.575s 2.247s

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