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ART Grand Prix ace qualifies ahead of Armstrong and Shwartzman

Christian Lundgaard became the first driver this season to seal a second pole position in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, controlling an extremely competitive Qualifying session that had more than 10 different leaders. The Danish driver set his time late on as the circuit began to dry in Monza, and finished ahead of PREMA duo Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman.

With the track still damp, following rain in the Formula 2 Qualifying session, the cars headed out with caution onto the track and Niko Kari set the first time at 1:53.444. Devlin DeFrancesco dipped under 1m 49s as they began to get a feel for the circuit. Fabio Scherer then took further chunks out of the best time.

Leonardo Pulcini, Felipe Drugovich, Liam Lawson and Jehan Daruvala all took turns in first, in quick succession, before the in-form Armstrong grabbed the session by the scruff of the neck to break the 1m 40s barrier.

Jake Hughes stole provisional pole as the track grew drier and the drivers were told over team radio that no further rain was expected. With just over 10 minutes to go, Lundgaard grabbed provisional pole and made the most of the improved grip on track.

The traffic intensified as all the cars fed onto the track for their second stint, and it remained heavy for a couple of laps with less than 4 minutes left on the clock. Due to safety reasons the race director decided to red flag the session which was then not resumed. This allowed Lundgaard to claim his second pole since Budapest. Armstrong and Shwartzman took 2nd and 3rd respectively, ahead of their teammate, Daruvala.

Lirim Zendeli snuck in a late fast lap to take fifth – his best Qualifying of the season. Teppei Natori also sealed his best of the season in sixth, ahead of Max Fewtrell, Richard Verschoor, Kari and Giorgio Carrara.

Race 2 will get underway tomorrow at 10.30am local time, when Lundgaard will aim for his second win of 2019. 

FIA Formula 3 Round 7 – Qualifying provisional classification

 

DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:38.834

12

2

Marcus Armstrong

PREMA Racing

1:38.969

11

3

Robert Shwartzman

PREMA Racing

1:39.037

11

4

Jehan Daruvala

PREMA Racing

1:39.055

11

5

Lirim Zendeli

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:39.177

11

6

Teppei Natori

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:39.303

12

7

Max Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:39.307

12

8

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:39.312

11

9

Niko Kari

Trident

1:39.343

11

10

Giorgio Carrara

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.344

11

11

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:39.437

11

12

Jake Hughes

HWA RACELAB

1:39.444

10

13

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

1:39.505

12

14

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:39.511

9

15

Jüri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

1:39.645

11

16

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:39.717

11

17

David Beckmann

ART Grand Prix

1:39.788

12

18

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:39.830

11

19

Simo Laaksonen

MP Motorsport

1:40.068

11

20

Keyvan Andres

HWA RACELAB

1:40.084

9

21

Bent Viscaal

HWA RACELAB

1:40.097

10

22

Leonardo Pulcini

Hitech Grand Prix

1:40.108

11

23

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:40.114

10

24

Sebastian Fernandez

Campos Racing

1:40.190

11

25

Fabio Scherer

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:40.258

11

26

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:40.370

9

27

Ye Yifei

Hitech Grand Prix

1:40.639

10

28

Raoul Hyman

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:41.052

10

29

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

1:41.161

11

30

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

1:42.031

11

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