Arthur Leclerc Claims Maiden F3 Pole Position For 2021 Hungarian Race Three

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PREMA’s Arthur Leclerc topped F3 Qualifying for 2021 Hungarian Race Three to clinch his maiden pole position in the series.

Leclerc recovered from a shaky practice session to produce his pole lap during his second run of Qualifying, which proved enough to claim pole with 1m 33.164 ahead of PREMA teammate, Dennis Hauger in a front-row lockout for the Italian team.

Now here is a full roundup of F3’s action on Friday of the 2021 Hungarian round covering Practice and Qualifying.

 

Practice

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A frantic start saw some drivers opt for two warm-up laps whereas others were quickly up to speed and posting quick laps, with ART GP’s Frederik Vesti emerging quickest in the opening 15 minutes with 1m 35.723.

Trident three minutes later went top as Clement Novalak headed Jack Doohan only for David Schumacher to displace them a minute later with 1m 35.313 ahead of MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet, until Dennis Hauger put his PREMA top in the 21st minute with a 1m 35.270.

Collet proceeded to displace the Norwegian with Olli Caldwell then going quickest at the 25 minute mark with 1m 34.958, as the Brit led Collet and Hauger with 20 minutes left of Practice.

Hauger soon afterwards improved but Caldwell went quicker until Doohan took top spot on 1m 34.512 before times rapidly tumbled during final runs, with Aleksandr Smolyar emerging quickest on 1m 33.112 at end of Practice ahead of Hauger by 0.182 seconds.

Jake Hughes meanwhile enjoyed an impressive return after standing in for Kaylen Frederick at Carlin due to injury, as the Brit finished seventh quickest and 0.579s off Smolyar’s lap time.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP 1m 33.112
2 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.182
3 David Schumacher Trident + 0.314
4 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.337
5 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 0.497
6 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.503
7 Jake Hughes Carlin + 0.579
8 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 0.609
9 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 0.631
10 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.640
11 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 0.702
12 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 0.719
13 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.897
14 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 0.903
15 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz + 1.145
16 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 1.306
17 Jack Doohan Trident + 1.400
18 Ido Cohen Carlin + 1.421
19 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 1496
20 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 1.584
21 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 1.666
22 Caio Collet MP Motorsport + 1.736
23 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 1.784
24 Reshad De Gerus Charouz + 1.964
25 Laszlo Toth Campos + 2.006
26 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 2.206
27 Calan Williams Jenzer + 2.243
28 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 2.358
29 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 2.524
30 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 3.260

Qualifying

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Doohan led the pack out for Qualifying but Campos’ Lorenzo Colombo emerged as a surprise pole-sitter after opting for two early fliers after just one warm-up lap, as he posted 1m 33.805 on his second lap to go top from Doohan and Hauger.

Some drivers quickly retreated to the pits following completion of their first runs before quickly heading out on fresh tyres, with Arthur Leclerc going quickest on 1m 33.164 ahead of Doohan, Schumacher, Novalak and Hauger ahead of third and final runs.

Come the checkered flag, very few drivers managed to improve as Leclerc claimed his maiden F3 pole position, although he did claim reverse pole for French Race Two from which he took victory.

Hauger meanwhile completes a PREMA one-two front row lockout after qualifying second ahead of Doohan, Schumacher, Novalak, Smolyar, Vesti, Logan Sargeant, Olli Caldwell and Ayumu Iwasa who complete the top ten.

Hughes meanwhile marked his first F3 Qualifying appearance of this season by finishing 18th quickest and 0.949s off Leclerc’s pole time.

Post-Qualifying, Vesti was hit with a three-place drop for Race One which means that the Dane will start ninth after being found guilty of driving unnecessarily slowly between Turns 12-14 and impeding several drivers.

Jonny Edgar will start Saturday’s (31 July) Race One from reverse-pole position ahead of Colombo with Iwasa rounding out the first three grid slots.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Arthur Leclerc PREMA 1m 33.164
2 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.089
3 Jack Doohan Trident + 0.096
4 David Schumacher Trident + 0.120
5 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.167
6 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.265
7 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.285
8 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.468
9 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 0.540
10 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 0.613
11 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 0.641
12 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 0.714
13 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.840
14 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 0.858
15 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 0.861
16 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.873
17 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz + 0.907
18 Jake Hughes Carlin + 0.949
19 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 0.960
20 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 1.078
21 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 1.086
22 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 1.092
23 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 1.221
24 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 1.354
25 Caio Collet MP Motorsport + 1.421
26 Ido Cohen Carlin + 1.450
27 Reshad De Gerus Charouz + 1.623
28 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 1.723
29 Laszlo Toth Campos + 1.752
30 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 1.904

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