F3 2020: British GP – Friday

Logan Sargeant enjoyed an impressive Friday at F3 British Grand Prix weekend. (Image credit: Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

Roundup of an eventful Friday of Formula Three action as the title battle continues to take centre stage, with entertaining Practice and Qualifying sessions which saw the title contenders jostle for pole position

Oscar Piastri enters this British Grand Prix as championship leader but with several drivers looking to reduce his lead with just six rounds left, Practice and Qualifying proved to be entertaining events with two different timesheet toppers. 

Now, here is our roundup of the biggest events from across both sessions which saw two different timesheet toppers. 



Formula 3 Championship - Round 4:Silverstone - Practice & Qualifying
Theo Pourchaire topped a slow burning Practice session with a stunning last lap. (Image credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

A quiet start to Practice saw half of the field do installation laps whilst others went for at least two warm up laps if not more, with Ben Barnicoat winding up fastest in the opening ten minutes on his F3 debut with a 1m 48.484 as he replaced Enaam Ahmed who left Carlin. 

Times however soon tumbled as everyone hit the track with Prema’s Logan Sargeant atop of the timesheets at the halfway point of session, ahead of the Trident duo – Lirim Zendeli and David Beckmann as Liam Lawson and Jack Doohan rounded out the top five. 

Oscar Piastri then lit up the timesheets with a 1m 46.467 shortly before a Virtual Safety Car was thrown for a fallen bollard on pit entry. 

A frantic final few minutes saw Liam Lawson go top with a 1m 46.465 only for Piastri to better his time by just 0.002s, although two-time race winner, Theo Pourchaire set the fastest lap of session at the death with a 1m 46.348 to finish 0.115s quicker than Piastri. 

Great Britain’s Jake Hughes had a difficult start to his home race weekend but produced a last gasp lap to finish fourth ahead of Beckmann, Sargeant, Alex Peroni, Richard Verschoor, Calan Williams and British compatriot – Max Fewtrell to round out the top ten.

Further down the field, Clement Novalak posted the 22nd fastest time ahead of new Carlin teammate, Barnicoat who was 0.044s quicker than Prema’s Frederik Vesti. 



Formula 3 Championship - Round 4:Silverstone - Practice & Qualifying
Logan Sargeant took pole for British Grand Prix’s opening F3 race. (Image credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Pourchaire led the field out for Qualifying with track temperatures lingering just under 50 degrees Celsius, of which he proceeded to set the first timed lap of a 1m 47.397 before Trident’s David Beckmann displaced him immediately with a 1m 47.002. 

Lawson went fastest soon afterwards with 1m 46.931 before Piastri went top by 0.203s, only for his Prema teammate – Logan Sargeant to displace him with a 1m 46.629 shortly afterwards with Frederik Vesti rounding out the top three for Prema at halfway mark. 

Final runs saw several improvements as Lawson and Piastri quickly traded fastest laps, until Sargeant snatched pole from Lawson with a super flier of 1m 46.257 to cut his deficit to Piastri to 22 points and take a maiden F3 pole. 

Hitech GP’s Max Fewtrell enjoyed a season best qualifying result of fourth ahead of Vesti, Sebastian Fernandez, Hughes, Zendeli, Smolyar and Novalak. 

Further down the field, Campos’ Sophia Floersch qualified 16th and ahead of her two male teammates in Alex Peroni and Alessio Deledda who qualified in 18th and 30th positions. 

Great Britain’s Olli Caldwell ended Qualifying in 17th position whilst Ben Barnicoat will start his first F3 race from 20th. 




Position Driver Team Time
1 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 1m 46.348
2 Oscar Piastri Prema + 0.115
3 Liam Lawson Hitech GP + 0.117
4 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab + 0.256
5 David Beckmann Trident + 0.289
6 Logan Sargeant Prema + 0.415
7 Alex Peroni Campos + 0.430
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport + 0.540
9 Calan Williams Jenzer  + 0.608
10 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP + 0.663
11 Igor Fraga Charouz + 0.677
12 Lirim Zendeli Trident + 0.678
13 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab + 0.681
14 David Schumacher Charouz + 0.769
15 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab + 0.775
16 Sebastian Fernandez ART GP + 0.806
17 Alexander Smolyar ART GP + 0.822
18 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP + 0.893
19 Roman Stanek Charouz + 0.931
20 Sophia Floersch Campos + 0.974
21 Matteo Nannini Jenzer + 0.996
22 Clement Novalak Carlin + 1.065
23 Ben Barnicoat Carlin + 1.221
24 Frederik Vesti Prema + 1.265
25 Olli Caldwell Trident + 1.435
26 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport + 1.438
27 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport + 1.537
28 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer + 1.543
29 Alessio Deledda Campos + 1.870
30 Cameron Das Carlin + 2.989



Position Driver Team Time
1 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m 46.257
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP + 0.058
3 Oscar Piastri Prema + 0.126
4 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP + 0.473
5 Frederik Vesti Prema + 0.528
6 Sebastian Fernandez ART GP + 0.639
7 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab + 0.653
8 Lirim Zendeli Trident + 0.684
9 Alexander Smolyar ART GP + 0.684
10 Clement Novalak Carlin + 0.729
11 David Beckmann Trident + 0.745
12 Theo Pourchaire ART GP + 0.787
13 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport + 0.891
14 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport + 0.905
15 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.920
16 Sophia Floersch Campos + 1.087
17 Olli Caldwell Trident + 1.125
18 Alex Peroni Campos + 1.137
19 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP + 1.172
20 Ben Barnicoat Carlin + 1.205
21 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab + 1.217
22 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport + 1.247
23 Roman Stanek Charouz + 1.367
24 Igor Fraga Charouz + 1.399
25 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab + 1.410
26 Matteo Nannini Jenzer + 1.460
27 David Schumacher Charouz + 1.474
28 Cameron Das Carlin + 1.980
29 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer + 2.032
30 Alessio Deledda Campos + 2.127

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