Barcelona F3: Shwartzman bags first pole of 2019

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Robert Shwartzman delivered a spectacular lap to score pole position in the first qualifying session of the new FIA Formula 3 Championship in Barcelona.

Barcelona F3: Shwartzman bags first pole of 2019

Reigning European F3 champion team Prema elected to run all three of its cars in the mid-session gap in a bid to avoid traffic, with SMP Racing-backed driver Shwartzman delivering a lap four tenths clear of the opposition.

But Formula Renault Eurocup runner-up Christian Lundgaard snatched provisional pole away from the Russian with a few minutes left on the clock.

Lundgaard looked to have given dominant GP3 team ART Grand Prix the inaugural pole for F3's new era, but Shwartzman started his final lap just before the chequered flag flew and managed a 1m31.975s, 0.108s up on the Dane.

Marcus Armstrong and Jehan Daruvala – also of Prema – headed out late, and rose up the order to take third and fourth places, 0.452s and 0.554s off pole respectively.

Behind Daruvala, Logan Sargeant steered the best of the Carlin cars to a top five, ahead of MP Motorsport’s Simo Laaksonen and ART’s David Beckmann.

Reigning Eurocup champion Max Fewtrell was eighth in the third of the ART machines, ahead of late improvers Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport) and Yuki Tsunoda (Jenzer).

Hitech GP had a tough session, with Red Bull-backed Juri Vips its highest finisher in 11th, while Leonardo Pulcini struggled to 18th place after a late start to his session.

HWA's highest-placed driver was Euroformula Open runner-up Bent Viscaal in 16th. Jake Hughes was 2.1 seconds off the pace in 29th, but reportedly without a working DRS on his car.

Session results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap
1 28 Russian Federation Robert Shwartzman
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'31.975
2 3 Denmark Christian Lundgaard
France ART Grand Prix 1'32.083 0.108
3 26 New Zealand Marcus Armstrong
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'32.427 0.452
4 27 India Jehan Daruvala
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'32.529 0.554
5 31 United States Logan Sargeant
United Kingdom Carlin 1'32.660 0.685
6 5 Finland Simo Laaksonen
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'32.755 0.780
7 1 Germany David Beckmann
France ART Grand Prix 1'32.829 0.854
8 2 United Kingdom Max Fewtrell
France ART Grand Prix 1'32.857 0.882
9 23 Australia Alex Peroni
Spain Campos Racing 1'32.863 0.888
10 14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'32.875 0.900
11 21 Estonia Jüri Vips
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'32.876 0.901
12 19 Finland Niko Kari
Italy Trident 1'32.878 0.903
13 18 Brazil Pedro Piquet
Italy Trident 1'32.880 0.905
14 7 Germany Lirim Zendeli
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'32.934 0.959
15 6 Netherlands Richard Verschoor
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'32.949 0.974
16 10 Netherlands Bent Viscaal
Germany HWA AG 1'33.010 1.035
17 8 Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'33.022 1.047
18 20 Italy Leonardo Pulcini
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'33.103 1.128
19 4 Australia Liam Lawson
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'33.150 1.175
20 30 Brazil Felipe Drugovich
United Kingdom Carlin 1'33.313 1.338
21 12 Germany Keyvan Andres
Germany HWA AG 1'33.430 1.455
22 22 China Ye Yifei
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'33.475 1.500
23 25 Sebastian Fernandez
Spain Campos Racing 1'33.508 1.533
24 17 Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
Italy Trident 1'33.545 1.570
25 9 South Africa Raoul Hyman
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'33.564 1.589
26 15 Russian Federation Artem Petrov
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'33.714 1.739
27 16 Germany Andreas Estner
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'33.962 1.987
28 29 Japan Teppei Natori
United Kingdom Carlin 1'34.054 2.079
29 11 United Kingdom Jake Hughes
Germany HWA AG 1'34.173 2.198
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