Robert Shwartzman secures first ever F3 pole in Barcelona

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Robert Shwartzman picked up where he left off in pre-season testing, chalking up the first ever FIA Formula 3 pole position in qualifying, at Barcelona.
The PREMA driver’s time of 1:31.975 was set at the death, and saw him finish ahead of ART’s Christian Lundgaard and PREMA Racing teammate Marcus Armstrong.
 
No sooner had the drivers hit the track, were they hauled back into the pitlane, as Alessio Deledda came to a halt on track and brought out a red flag, succumbing to mechanical gremlins.
 
The drivers were soon back out on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the times began to fly in, as a number of the thirty cars took a turn at the top. It was Simo Laaksonen who firstly got a go on provisional pole with a time 1:33.322, as Logan Sargeant landed P2 behind him, followed by Lundgaard.
 
PREMA would then pounce and claim both first and second place, with the quickest time now set at 1:32.597 by Shwartzman, followed by his teammate Jehan Daruvala. Armstrong was next to join the PREMA party, as he wrestled control of fourth place.
 
Laaksonen and Armstrong both put in strong laps as they looked to claim further places, but they couldn’t get close to the Ferrari Academy driver in P1, while Daruvala strengthened his positon in second by beating his own best time.
 
Lundgaard briefly succeeded in toppling the rampant Russian and broke up the PREMA one-two with a time of 1:32.083. It wasn’t to last though as Shwartzman upped his game and broke the 1m 32s barrier to land pole position.
 
With the Russian on pole and Lundgaard behind him, Marcus Armstrong set a blistering late time himself to steal P3, while Daruvala sealed a third top four spot for PREMA. Following that quartet were Sargeant, Laaksonen, David Beckmann, Max Fewtrell, Alex Peroni and Yuki Tsunoda.
 
Shwartzman will look to maintain first place tomorrow at 10.15am, when the drivers take to the circuit for the maiden FIA Formula 3 race.
 
2019 FIA Formula 3 Round 1 – Qualifying classification
 
 POS 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:31.975
11
2
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:32.083
11
3
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:32.427
11
4
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:32.529
11
5
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.660
11
6
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:32.755
13
7
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:32.829
12
8
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:32.857
11
9
Alex Peroni
Campos Racing
1:32.863
12
10
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.875
11
11
Juri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:32.876
13
12
Niko Kari
Trident
1:32.878
12
13
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:32.880
11
14
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:32.934
11
15
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:32.949
12
16
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:33.010
11
17
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.022
11
18
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.103
11
19
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:33.150
13
20
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.313
12
21
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:33.430
11
22
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.475
12
23
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:33.508
12
24
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:33.545
11
25
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.564
11
26
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.714
13
27
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.962
13
28
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.054
11
29
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:34.173
11
30
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
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