F3 – Daruvala back on form with pole in Spa-Francorchamps

November 18, 2019 0 By JohnValbyNation

PREMA Racer qualifies ahead of Piquet and Tsunoda

Jehan Daruvala scored his first pole position of the season with a scintillating late tour of Spa-Francorchamps in today’s FIA Formula 3 Qualifying. The PREMA Racing ace was the best of a late sprint to pole, beating out Trident’s Pedro Piquet and Jenzer Motorsport’s Yuki Tsunoda.

Christian Lundgaard led the cars out into the 35-degree track temperature, but it was Piquet who was hottest in the early stages, beating out both the Dane and Leonardo Pulcini for provisional pole. The Brazilian racer was swiftly backed up by his Trident teammate Devlin DeFrancesco, who looked much improved in Round 6 and was eyeing his best Qualifying of the season.

The two held their positions as the cars ducked into the pits for fresh boots and were the first back out on track for the final fifteen minutes of the afternoon. Armed with fresh tyres, the times started to tumble and the duo’s positions were under threat. Jüri Vips – hopeful of taking the title lead this weekend – was the first to steal provisional pole, with a time of 2.05.625.

The Estonian’s time on top was short lived as Piquet, Tsunoda and Robert Shwartzman leapt ahead of him in quick succession. With less than five minutes remaining and one shot at pole, Daruvala managed the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps two tenths quicker than them all and claimed his position in P1. 

In the third PREMA, Marcus Armstrong was hoping to follow up his first win of the season in Budapest, with another strong weekend. The Kiwi complained of traffic on track and eased off in the hope of finding space, but it never came and he was left to settle for 19th.

When the chequered flag was waved, Daruvala was followed by Piquet, while Tsunoda secured his best Qualifying position of the season in 3rd. Shwartzman and Jake Hughes completed the front five ahead of Vips, DeFrancesco, Pulcini, Logan Sargeant and Liam Lawson.

Daruvala will be hunting down his first win since Round 2 when Race 1 gets underway at 10.35am local time tomorrow morning.

 

FIA Formula 3 Round 6 – Qualifying provisional classification

 

  DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

Jehan Daruvala

PREMA Racing

2:05.125

11

2

Pedro Piquet

Trident

2:05.356

10

3

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

2:05.540

10

4

Robert Shwartzman

PREMA Racing

2:05.605

11

5

Jake Hughes

HWA RACELAB

2:05.614

10

6

Jüri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

2:05.625

11

7

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

2:05.640

11

8

Leonardo Pulcini

Hitech Grand Prix

2:05.701

11

9

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

2:05.709

11

10

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

2:06.060

11

11

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

2:06.187

10

12

Max Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

2:06.207

11

13

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

2:06.255

11

14

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

2:06.270

11

15

Ye Yifei

Hitech Grand Prix

2:06.274

11

16

Bent Viscaal

HWA RACELAB

2:06.289

10

17

David Beckmann

ART Grand Prix

2:06.333

10

18

Giorgio Carrara

Jenzer Motorsport

2:06.396

11

19

Marcus Armstrong

PREMA Racing

2:06.400

10

20

Teppei Natori

Carlin Buzz Racing

2:06.420

10

21

Niko Kari

Trident

2:06.475

11

22

Keyvan Andres

HWA RACELAB

2:06.537

10

23

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

2:06.606

10

24

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Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

2:06.614

10

25

Sebastian Fernandez

Campos Racing

2:07.251

10

26

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

2:07.475

10

27

Simo Laaksonen

MP Motorsport

2:07.503

10

28

Fabio Scherer

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

2:08.014

10

29

Lirim Zendeli

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

2:08.076

9

30

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

2:08.898

10