Frederik Vesti will start Sunday’s Formula 3 French Grand Prix main race in pole position after a difficult and highly contested qualifying session.
After a delay of 10 minutes, Jack Doohan was the first driver to tread the French asphalt, leading an impressive group of 30 single-seaters. Alexander Smolyar and Vesti were the only drivers able to set a timed lap before the session was red-flagged, following a suspension failure encountered by Arthur Leclerc forcing him to stop his car on track.
With 20 minutes left in the session, a stream of cars once again ran down the track to make their first flying lap attempt. Denis Hauger and Caio Collet left no question marks concerning their current form, putting their names on top of the provisional rankings at mid-session. Victor Martins was third, less than a tenth behind his teammate.
The entire grid opted for two warm-up laps to put their tires in an effective temperature window. The time of the last attempt had arrived as the top spots were still strongly contested with the top 12 being held in less than a second.
Finally, after a breathtaking last attempt in which almost all the drivers seemed to be able to improve their times before doing a tiny mistake depriving them of a last chance of improvement, Vesti seized the pole position of the event, a few hundredths ahead of Hauger and Martins. The Danish claimed the four points attributed to the pole sitter at the same time.
|1||ART Grand Prix||Vesti||1:50.882|
|2||Prema Racing||Hauger||+0. 181|
|3||MP Motorsport||Martins||+0. 240|
|5||MP Motorsport||Collet||+0. 305|
|7||ART Grand Prix||Smolyar||+0. 387|
|8||Hitech Grand Prix||Iwasa||+0. 602|
|9||ART Grand Prix||Correa||+0. 621|
|10||Charouz Racing System||Sargeant||+0. 643|
|12||Jenzer Motorsport||Williams||+0. 693|