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Formula 3: PREMA dominate as Sargeant takes pole at Silverstone

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American driver Logan Sargeant seized pole in a scorching qualifying session at Silverstone with Lawson and Piastri in hot pursuit.

PREMA racer Logan Sargeant seized his first Formula 3 pole position in scorching conditions at the Silverstone circuit. Sargeant, who currently sits 2nd in the championship on 50 points, beat championship contenders Liam Lawson and Oscar Piastri to start on pole in tomorrow’s race.

Round 4 Qualifying at Silverstone provided unchartered territory for many of the Formula 3 young drivers as conditions proved a direct contrast to the persistent Hungarian rain. Silverstone sizzled as conditions rocketed to 34 degrees in air temperature and 48 degrees on track. Changes were also seen in the driver line up at Carlin Buzz Racing as British driver Ben Barnicoat replaced Enaam Ahmed who parted company with the team before the race weekend.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri struck first in qualifying setting a provisional pole time two tenths ahead of Liam Lawson and David Beckmann. As qualifying progressed, Piastri’s closest challengers proved to be his PREMA teammates Sargeant and Vesti securing the first three grid places. For most of qualifying, PREMA appeared to be in a league of their own setting repeated purple sectors amongst their three drivers. Some drivers, including Jake Hughes and Jack Doohan, found their lap times deleted by the Stewards after exceeding track limits.

Second half of Qualifying

In the latter half of qualifying New Zealand driver Liam Lawson seized pole from the PREMA trio setting an impressive purple first sector. However, Lawson quickly found his provisional pole time beaten by Piastri who went a tenth quicker than the Hitech driver. As the track developed, Sargeant managed to improve his lap time but remained in P3 behind the leading pair, Vesti also failed to improve from the second row after losing time in sectors two and three.

Plenty of movement occured in the midfield as several drivers improved their lap times with Hughes, Smolyar and Novalak moving into the top ten. Carlin replacement driver Ben Barnicoat also managed to set a respectable qualifying time securing him a P20 start in his first Formula 3 race. However, it was disappointment for Pourchaire who after performing dominantly in practice, failed to enter the top 10. Pourchaire will start tomorrow’s race from P12.

The majority of qualifying action occurred in the last few minutes of the session as drivers frantically tried to improve their lap times and seize pole from the championship leader. In the end, it was a PREMA and Hitech showdown for pole as Sargeant and Lawson could only be separated by five hundreds of a second with the PREMA proving victorious. Championship leader Piastri found himself one tenth away from the leading pair as the checkered flag fell.

Qualifying times of the top 10:

1. L.Sargeant PREMA 1:46:257
2. L. Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:46:315
3. O.Piastri PREMA 1:46:383
4. M. Fewtrell Hitech 1:46:730
5. F. Vesti PREMA 1:46:785
6. S. Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1:46:896
7. J. Hughes HWA RACELAB 1:46:910
8. L. Zendelli Trident 1:46:941
9. A. Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1:46:941
10. C. Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing 1:46:986

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