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

POS NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME GAP INT
1 3 Logan SARGEANT PREMA Racing 1:46.257 0.000s 0.000s
2 5 Liam LAWSON Hitech Grand Prix 1:46.315 0.058 0.058
3 1 Oscar PIASTRI PREMA Racing 1:46.383 0.126 0.068
4 4 Max FEWTRELL Hitech Grand Prix 1:46.730 0.473 0.347
5 2 Frederik VESTI PREMA Racing 1:46.785 0.528 0.055
6 9 Sebastian FERNANDEZ ART Grand Prix 1:46.896 0.639 0.111
7 15 Jake HUGHES HWA RACELAB 1:46.910 0.653 0.014
8 10 Lirim ZENDELI Trident 1:46.941 0.684 0.031
9 8 Alexander SMOLYAR ART Grand Prix 1:46.941 0.684 0.000
10 26 Clement NOVALAK Carlin Buzz Racing 1:46.986 0.729 0.045
11 11 David BECKMANN Trident 1:47.002 0.745 0.016
12 7 Theo POURCHAIRE ART Grand Prix 1:47.044 0.787 0.042
13 18 Bent VISCAAL MP Motorsport 1:47.148 0.891 0.104
14 17 Richard VERSCHOOR MP Motorsport 1:47.162 0.905 0.014
15 20 Calan WILLIAMS Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.177 0.920 0.015
16 31 Sophia FLOERSCH Campos Racing 1:47.344 1.087 0.167
17 12 Olli CALDWELL Trident 1:47.382 1.125 0.038
18 29 Alexander PERONI Campos Racing 1:47.394 1.137 0.012
19 6 Dennis HAUGER Hitech Grand Prix 1:47.429 1.172 0.035
20 27 Ben BARNICOAT Carlin Buzz Racing 1:47.462 1.205 0.033
21 16 Jack DOOHAN HWA RACELAB 1:47.474 1.217 0.012
22 19 Lukas DUNNER MP Motorsport 1:47.504 1.247 0.030
23 23 Roman STANEK Charouz Racing System 1:47.624 1.367 0.120
24 24 Igor FRAGA Charouz Racing System 1:47.656 1.399 0.032
25 14 Enzo FITTIPALDI HWA RACELAB 1:47.667 1.410 0.011
26 22 Matteo NANNINI Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.717 1.460 0.050
27 25 David SCHUMACHER Charouz Racing System 1:47.731 1.474 0.014
28 28 Cameron DAS Carlin Buzz Racing 1:48.237 1.980 0.506
29 21 Federico MALVESTITI Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.289 2.032 0.052
30 30 Alessio DELEDDA Campos Racing 1:48.384 2.127 0.095

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