Hadjar takes maiden pole in hectic Formula 3 qualifying at Spielberg

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Isack Hadjar claimed pole in a hectic FIA Formula 3 qualifying session around the Red Bull Ring ended two minutes early by a red flag.

The Red Bull junior driver was one of only two drivers to break into the 1’19s, taking pole for Sunday’s feature race by two tenths of a second from Victor Martins.

Enzo Trulli set the first fast time of the session, a 1’22.730, before being beaten by William Alatolo on a 1’21.724 and then Roman Stanek taking another second out for a 1’20.182. Victor Martins dipped below 1’20 for the first time, with 22 minutes to go, on a 1’19.980.

Zdenek Chovanec was involved in a peculiar incident when he stopped at the bollard at the entrance to the pit lane, seemingly missing the entry but not quite crossing the white line before getting going again. Chovanec was placed under investigation, to be resolved after the session, for erratic driving.

At the halfway point in the 30 minute session, Martins’ time still stood at the top. Drivers pitted for final adjustments and the track fell relatively quiet until there were less than six minutes to go.

All cars seemed to go out virtually in formation, with several cases of two, three or even four cars driving alongside each other on their warm up lap. David Vidales was noted for erratic driving during the painfully crowded outlap to the line.

Isack Hadjar set provisional pole with a 1’19’966 with three and a half minutes left in the session, which he improved on his following lap to a 1’19.759.

Then, the red flag was called for Chovanec having stopped at the side of the track out of turn one after missing the turn. With two minutes to go, it was announced the session would not restart, ending qualifying and securing pole for Hitech driver Hadjar.

Martins took second place, with Oliver Bearman third but under investigation for an unsafe release from the pit lane hanging over him. Partially-reversed-grid pole for tomorrow’s sprint race goes to 12th placed Caio Collet, with Juan-Manuel Correa joining him on the front row.

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Formula 3 Austria qualifying results

Position Car Driver Team
1 18 Isack Hadjar Hitech
2 7 Victor Martins ART
3 6 Oliver Bearman Prema
4 4 Arthur Leclerc Prema
5 17 Kaylen Frederick Hitech
6 2 Roman Stanek Trident
7 1 Jonny Edgar Trident
8 3 Zane Maloney Trident
9 29 Franco Colapinto HWA
10 5 Jak Crawford Prema
11 9 Juan Manuel Correa ART
12 10 Caio Collet MP
13 23 Ido Cohen Jenzer
14 25 William Alatalo Jenzer
15 26 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin
16 11 Alexander Smolyar MP
17 28 Enzo Trulli Carlin
18 8 Gregoire Saucy ART
19 20 David Vidales Campos
20 22 Pepe Marti Campos
21 31 Reece Ushijima HWA
22 19 Nazim Azman Hitech
23 21 Hunter Yeany Campos
24 16 Francesco Pizzi Charouz
25 30 Rafael Villagomez HWA
26 12 Kush Maini MP
27 27 Brad Benavides Carlin
28 24 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer
29 14 Laszlo Toth Charouz
30 15 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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One comment on “Hadjar takes maiden pole in hectic Formula 3 qualifying at Spielberg”

  1. How seriously can we take a site that still has HWA in the results, 6 months into the season …

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