Lundgaard claims maiden pole in Budapest

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Christian Lundgaard followed up his dominant Free Practice form to secure his first pole position in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with a stomping tour of the Hungaroring circuit.

The ART Grand Prix man finished ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips and teammate Max Fewtrell, as ART ruled the morning session.
 
Marcus Armstrong was the first out on track in dry conditions, but remained wary on his first lap of the circuit, with the tarmac still damp in spots. Once the PREMA man got going, he set the pace at just under 1m 33s, ahead of Alex Peroni.
 
The Kiwi was able to further secure the position with a storming sector 2 and fend off an assault from stablemate Robert Shwartzman and Championship rival Vips who missed out by a tenth. The Estonian had another shot, but wobbled slightly wide at Turn 10.
 
Following this, the cars ducked into the pits for a fresh set of medium compounds. Two warm-up laps followed for the majority of the field as they ensured the tyres were at their maximum.
 
Pedro Piquet was the first to take the lead in the second half, before being quickly usurped by Vips. Out of nowhere, Lundgaard turned on the style when it mattered, and bettered the lot of them, bombing around the Hungaroring in 1:31.761.
 
With the times flying in, things went sharply downhill for PREMA, who appeared to be suffering a rare off-day. All three drivers were chucked down the order and only Shwartzman was able to make the top ten, netting fourth fastest. Armstrong could only achieve 13th, while Jehan Daruvala’s final lap left him in lowly 17th ahead of Race 1.
 
This saw Lundgaard’s searing time unbeatable at the chequered flag as he finished ahead of Vips and Fewtrell. Niko Kari managed fifth, behind Shwartzman in fourth. Pedro Piquet, Jake Hughes, David Beckmann, Yuki Tsunoda and Felipe Drugovich completed the top ten.
 
The cars will hit the track again this afternoon when racing gets underway at 4.45pm local time. Lundgaard will look to hold on and seal a potential first win of the season, but Vips and teammate Fewtrell will be hot on his heels around one of the shorter tracks of the F3 calendar.
 
FIA Formula 3 Championship – Round 5 Qualifying provisional classification
 
 POS 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:31.761
13
2
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:31.886
13
3
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:31.897
13
4
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:31.903
13
5
Niko Kari
Trident
1:31.074
14
6
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:31.987
13
7
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:32.037
12
8
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:32.077
13
9
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.197
13
10
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.356
14
11
Leonardo Pulcini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.375
13
12
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:32.376
13
13
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:32.385
13
14
Alex Peroni
Campos Racing
1:32.402
13
15
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:32.486
12
16
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:32.565
14
17
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:32.593
13
18
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:32.621
13
19
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.692
13
20
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:32.695
16
21
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.727
13
22
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:32.873
13
23
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:32.945
11
24
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:32.987
14
25
Devlin De Francesco
Trident
1:33.047
14
26
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:33.064
12
27
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:33.093
12
28
Giorgio Carrara
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.372
15
29
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.469
15
30
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:35.016
13
 

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