ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard claimed his first FIA Formula 3 (F3) Championship pole for feature race at Hungaroring from Hitech GP’s Juri Vips.
It was Prema’s Marcus Armstrong having provisional pole for the feature F3 race at Hungaroring as Hitech GP’s Vips slotted in second at the halfway stage. Times started to improve then on, with multiple drivers going quickest in a hectic period.
But it was ART’s Lundgaard, in the end, who went quickest with a 1m31.761s to score his first pole of 2019 for the feature F3 race at Hungaroring, beating title contender Vips (1m31.886s), with ART’s Max Fewtrell (1m31.897s) slotting in third.
The leading Prema was of Robert Shwartzman (1m31.903s) in fourth as the the points leader had a good run as opposed to his teammates, who ended up outside the Top 10. It was a Renault-Red Bull-Renault-Ferrari line-up at the head of the field.
In a good show, Trident’s Niko Kari (1m31.974s) finished fifth ahead of teammate Pedro Piquet (1m31.987s) as HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes (1m32.037s) finished seventh after an improvement from 17th on his final flaying lap, when not many improved.
The Top 10 saw ART’s David Beckmann (1m32.077s) in eighth ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Yuki Tsunoda (1m32.197s) and Carlin’s Felipe Drugovich (1m32.356s) as Hitech GP’s Leonardo Pulcini (1m32.375s) just missed out in 11th.
Only 0.001s behind was Campos Racing’s Sebastian Fernandez with Armstrong ending up 13th eventually, 0.009s behind Fernandez. Campos’ Alexander Peroni was 14th with Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s Raoul Hyman rounding out the Top 15.
In a dismal final few laps, Prema’s Jehan Daruvala and a F3 title contender, couldn’t improve by much to be only 17th in the end, while his competitors Shwartzman and Vips will start from the first two rows of the grid.
Position 16-30: Richard Verschoor, Daruvala, Ye Yifei, Logan Sargeant, Liam Lawson, Teppei Natroi, Fabio Scherer, Simo Laaksonen, Lirim Zendelli, Devlin Defrancesco, Bent Viscaal, Andreas Eastner, Giorgio Carrara, Alessio Deledda.