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Sargeant beats Lawson to maiden F3 pole
Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant’s first three Qualifying sessions of the season read P4, P3 and P2, so it was only fitting that the PREMA racer took his first ever pole position in Round 4 at Silverstone, just four hundredths of a second ahead of a much improved Liam Lawson.

The sun remained out at Silverstone for Qualifying and Richard Verschoor was the first man out of the blocks to give track conditions the once over on a steady flying lap.

Having topped Free Practice, Theo Pourchaire was straight back in top spot, setting the first fast time at 1m 47s, before David Beckmann and Lawson both stole a march on the Frenchman and dipped under that.

PREMA took control at the midway stage and appeared to be in a class of their own. Oscar Piastri briefly led the table, before teammate Sargeant fired around one tenth quicker. The final of the Italian team’s drivers, Frederik Vesti, was quick enough for third.

The cars dived into the pits and headed out for their second stint with seven minutes to go. With temperatures rising above 30 degrees, it didn’t take long for the tires to warm, and it was Lawson who led the train of cars on the next set of fast laps.

Hitech had evidently been hard at work in the break between Rounds 3 and 4 to fix their Qualifying struggles. The best the Silverstone-based outfit had managed up until Round 4 was 10th, but they were much improved around their home circuit. Ahead of the final set of laps, Lawson sat in second, and Max Fewtrell fifth.

The Red Bull junior briefly claimed first as the cars crossed the line for the final time on Friday, but PREMA’s Sargeant had gone fastest in the first and third sectors and was eying a maiden F3 pole. As was Piastri, but he was running marginally slower than his American teammate.

Lawson was knocked off provisional pole by Sargeant, who set a time of 1:46.257, while Piastri had to settle for third place. Fewtrell found enough on his final lap for fourth, ahead of Vesti in fifth.

Sebastian Fernandez claimed sixth, ahead of Jake Hughes, Lirim Zendeli, Alex Smolyar and Clement Novalak.

Sargeant will be gunning for his first F3 victory in Race 1 tomorrow, which takes place at 9.25am (local time).

Qualifying Results

13Logan SARGEANTPREMA Racing1:46.2570.000s0.000s
25Liam LAWSONHitech Grand Prix1:46.315 0.0580.058
31Oscar PIASTRIPREMA Racing1:46.383 0.1260.068
44Max FEWTRELLHitech Grand Prix1:46.7300.4730.347
52Frederik VESTIPREMA Racing1:46.7850.5280.055
69Sebastian FERNANDEZART Grand Prix1:46.896 0.6390.111
715Jake HUGHESHWA RACELAB1:46.910 0.6530.014
810Lirim ZENDELITrident1:46.941 0.6840.031
98Alexander SMOLYARART Grand Prix1:46.941 0.6840.000
1026Clement NOVALAKCarlin Buzz Racing1:46.986 0.7290.045
1111David BECKMANNTrident1:47.002 0.7450.016
127Theo POURCHAIREART Grand Prix1:47.044 0.7870.042
1318Bent VISCAALMP Motorsport1:47.148 0.8910.104
1417Richard VERSCHOORMP Motorsport1:47.162 0.9050.014
1520Calan WILLIAMSJenzer Motorsport1:47.177 0.9200.015
1631Sophia FLOERSCHCampos Racing1:47.344 1.0870.167
1712Olli CALDWELLTrident1:47.382 1.1250.038
1829Alexander PERONICampos Racing1:47.3941.1370.012
196Dennis HAUGERHitech Grand Prix1:47.429 1.1720.035
2027Ben BARNICOATCarlin Buzz Racing1:47.462 1.2050.033
2116Jack DOOHANHWA RACELAB1:47.474 1.2170.012
2219Lukas DUNNERMP Motorsport1:47.504 1.2470.030
2323Roman STANEKCharouz Racing System1:47.6241.3670.120
2424Igor FRAGACharouz Racing System1:47.656 1.3990.032
2514Enzo FITTIPALDIHWA RACELAB1:47.667 1.4100.011
2622Matteo NANNINIJenzer Motorsport1:47.717 1.4600.050
2725David SCHUMACHERCharouz Racing System1:47.7311.4740.014
2828Cameron DASCarlin Buzz Racing1:48.237 1.9800.506
2921Federico MALVESTITIJenzer Motorsport1:48.289 2.0320.052
3030Alessio DELEDDACampos Racing1:48.384 2.1270.095
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