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Formula 3: Smolyar takes maiden pole in hazardous Hungary

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Alex Smolyar takes his maiden pole position ahead of Logan Sargeant and Theo Pourchaire in a rescheduled qualifying session after hazardous conditions prove challenging.

Russian rookie Alex Smolyar seized his first Formula 3 pole position in wet conditions at the Hungaroring. Smolyar, who currently sits 12th in the championship on 6 points, beat championship contenders Logan Sargeant and Theo Pourchaire to start on pole in tomorrow’s race.

Qualifying had been due to take place earlier in the day, but due to persistent and heavy rain, Stewards were forced to red flag the session. However, the challenging conditions didn’t stop Smolyar from taking to the track and setting the first fast lap. Throughout the session the ART driver continued to improve on his times, keeping his nerve despite challenges from Sargeant, Pourchaire and championship leader Piastri.

Smolyar’s greatest threat came from the PREMA of Sargeant who managed to steal provisional pole during the session before Smolyar performed an incredible lap to seize pole before the chequered flag fell. Styrian race 2 winner Pourchaire left it until the last few minutes of the session to stake his claim for pole with brilliant pace in sectors 2 and 3. The French driver’s incredible lap allowed him to jump up the timings and into P3 but unable to join his teammate Smolyar on the front row.

Championship leaders Oscar Piastri and Frederik Vesti were unable to challenge for pole and will start in P6 and P4 respectively in tomorrow’s race. Despite this, the session proved positive for Jenzer Motorsport driver Calan Williams and MP Motorsport driver Bent Viscaal who managed to push themselves up the order into P5 and P9. Both Williams and Viscaal will be hoping to score valuable points in Hungary as both drivers find themselves currently with none.

With wet conditions promised for the race tomorrow, Smolyar will be hoping to grasp his first Formula 3 victory.

Here are the timings of the those who made it into the top 10;

1. A. Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1:51.348
2. L. Sargeant PREMA Racing 1:51.606
3. T. Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:51.714
4. F. Vesti PREMA Racing 1:52.228
5. C. Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.252
6. O. Piastri PREMA Racing 1:52.278
7. S. Fernández ART Grand Prix 1:52.288
8. R. Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:52.352
9. B. Viscaal MP Motorsport 1:52.460
10. D. Hauger Hitech Grand Prix 1:52.471

Featured Image Credit: @AlexSmolyar1 Twitter

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