F3 2020: Hungarian GP – Friday

Aleksandr Smolyar took a maiden F3 pole position around the Hungaroring. (Image credit: Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

After a fortnight in the Styrian mountains surrounding Spielberg, Formula Three moved onto Hungary for the opening day of 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as the first triple-header concludes. 

Prema’s Oscar Piastri entered this weekend as championship leader but Friday saw the the Australian and his F3 rivals all face tough difficult challenges as we bring a roundup of Practice and Qualifying. 

 

Practice

In a quiet start to practice, Charouz’s Roman Stanek set the initial pace with a 1m 41.163 before Alex Peroni then David Beckmann went quickest on a rapidly drying track, in which MP Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner suffered damage to his front right suspension. 

Dunner would eventually get back out towards the end of the session, setting the 22nd fastest time overall. 

HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes meanwhile went fastest shortly before the halfway point with a 1m 33.260, leading Beckmann and Jack Doohan with the trip slit by 0.410s after 25 minutes of the session. 

Shortly afterwards, stewards decided to randomly test the virtual safety car and once racing speed resumed, David Schumacher went top before everyone else unleashed their qualifying simulations which ultimately pushed the German down to 24th. 

Beckmann ultimately finished as the fastest man in practice ahead of Trident teammate, Lirim Zendeli and ART GP’s Sebastien Fernandez, with Jake Hughes, Liam Lawson, Theo Pourchaire, Cameron Das, Doohan, Richard Verschoor and Aleksandr Smolyar rounding out the top ten. 

Apart from Hughes who finished fourth, Olli Caldwell finished as the next best Brit in 12th position, ahead of Max Fewtrell in 15th position then Carlin’s Clement Novalak and Enaam Ahmed in 17th and 21st positions respectively.

Defending constructors’ champions, Prema had a disastrous practice with Logan Sargeant finishing in 24th, ahead of Frederik Vesti and Oscar Piastri in 27th and 28th positions respectively. 

 

Qualifying

Formula 3 Championship - Round 3:Budapest - Practice & Qualifying
Smolyar dominated a rearranged F3 Qualifying session around the Hungaroring. (Image credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Initial attempts to run a wet qualifying saw Lirim Zendeli and Liam Lawson spin off the track at turn nine in torrential conditions, with the session delayed by five hours and ran in fading light. 

Smolyar ultimately took best to the early evening conditions as he set the initial pace in the rearranged Qualifying session, only beaten by Oscar Piastri before quickly regaining pole position until Sargeant looked to had snatched pole by 0.012s. 

The Russian youngster however hit straight back to take his maiden F3 pole with a 1m 51.348 and 0.258s quicker than Sargeant with Pourchaire slotting into third on the grid for the opening race of this weekend. 

Vesti, Calan Williams, Piastri, Fernandez, Verschoor, Bent Viscaal and Dennis Hauger round out the top ten. 

Trident’s Caldwell finished as the highest placed Brit in 12th position just ahead of Fewtrell who qualified 13th, whilst Hughes could only muster a lap good enough for 21st position ahead of Ahmed and Novalak in 23rd and 26th positions respectively.

 

Results

Practice

Position Driver Team Time
1 David Beckmann Trident 1m 31.839
2 Lirim Zendeli  Trident + 0.010
3 Sebastian Fernandez ART GP + 0.031
4 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab + 0.109
5 Liam Lawson Hitech GP + 0.237
6 Theo Pourchaire ART GP + 0.274
7 Cameron Das Carlin + 0.398
8 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab + 0.440
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport + 0.482
10 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.582
11 Alex Peroni Campos + 0.587
12 Olli Caldwell Trident + 0.642
13 Matteo Nannini Jenzer + 0.655
14 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport + 0.751
15 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP + 0.792
16 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.805
17 Clement Novalak Carlin + 0.931
18 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab + 0.931
19 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP + 1.011
20 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer + 1.073
21 Enaam Ahmed Carlin + 1.160
22 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport + 1.273
23 Logan Sargeant Prema + 1.302
24 David Schumacher Charouz + 1.378
25 Igor Fraga Charouz + 1.625
26 Sophia Floersch Campos + 1.630
27 Frederik Vesti Prema + 1.731
28 Oscar Piastri Prema + 1.815
29 Roman Stanek Charouz + 1.850
30 Alessi Deledda Campos + 3.483

 

Qualifying

Position Driver Team Time
1 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP 1m 51.348
2 Logan Sargeant  Prema + 0.258
3 Theo Pourchaire ART GP + 0.366
4 Frederik Vesti Prema + 0.880
5 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.904
6 Oscar Piastri Prema + 0.930
7 Sebastian Fernandez ART GP + 0.940
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport + 1.004
9 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport + 1.112
10 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP + 1.123
11 Liam Lawson Hitech GP + 1.290
12 Olli Caldwell Trident + 1.571
13 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP + 1.653
14 David Beckmann Trident + 1.753
15 Alex Peroni Campos + 1.883
16 David Schumacher Charouz + 1.935
17 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer + 1.948
18 Igor Fraga Charouz + 1.985
19 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab + 2.084
20 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport + 2.131
21 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab + 2.153
22 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab + 2.300
23 Enaam Ahmed Carlin + 2.403
24 Sophia Floersch Campos + 2.507
25 Lirim Zendeli Trident + 2.589
26 Clement Novalak Carlin + 2.643
27 Cameron Das Carlin + 2.652
28 Roman Stanek Charouz + 2.895
29 Matteo Nannini Jenzer + 3.432
30 Alessio Deledda Campos + 6.107

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