Mugello F3: Zendeli on pole for title decider, Piastri 16th

Mugello F3: Zendeli on pole for title decider, Piastri 16th

09/11/2020

Lirim Zendeli claimed the final pole position of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 season at Mugello, while championship leader Oscar Piastri will start the first race from 16th position.

Trident’s Zendeli earned his second FIA F3 pole of the year after setting a 1m35.328s on his second and final qualifying run.  

Logan Sargeant, who sits eight points adrift of his teammate Piastri in the championship, was just 0.034s slower than Zendeli.  

Sargeant branded his Prema-run machine ‘undriveable’ over his team radio and claimed he’d “never had so much oversteer”.  

He’ll drop three positions to fifth place on the grid after picking up a grid penalty for a causing a collision with his Prema teammate Frederik Vesti last weekend at Monza.  

This will promote practice pacesetter Jake Hughes – fastest after the first qualifying runs – to the front row of the grid for HWA Racelab.  

26-year-old Hughes set the fastest sector two time on his final qualifying lap but ran slightly wide in the final corner and couldn’t improve.  

Vesti will line-up in third place ahead of Hughes’ teammate Enzo Fittipaldi, whose fourth place on the grid marks the Ferrari junior’s best qualifying result in the series.  

Sargeant will start from fifth on the grid ahead of ART Grand Prix duo Sebastian Fernandez and Theo Pourchaire – the latter of which is one of the four other drivers in mathematical contention for the title alongside Piastri and Sargeant.  

Another title contender, David Beckmann qualified in eighth place ahead of Red Bull junior Dennis Hauger (Hitech GP) and ART’s Alexander Smolyar.  

Renault junior Piastri was 11th fastest but has to serve a five-place grid penalty for forcing Beckmann off the road at Monza meaning he’ll start the race from a lowly 16th place.  

Consequently, the third HWA-run car of Red Bull junior Jack Doohan will now start from 11th place ahead of Red Bull stablemate Liam Lawson, whose slim title hopes further faded with a trip through the gravel during his final qualifying run.  

2019 Macau Grand Prix winner Richard Verschoor lines up 13th on the grid ahead of Alex Peroni, Matteo Nannini and Piastri.  

Mugello F3 qualifying results (before penalties are applied):

Cla#DriverTeamTimeGap
110 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1’35.328  
23 Logan Sargeant Prema Powerteam 1’35.362 0.034
315 Jake Hughes HWA AG 1’35.453 0.125
42 Frederik Vesti Prema Powerteam 1’35.548 0.220
514 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA AG 1’35.561 0.233
69 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1’35.594 0.266
77 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1’35.631 0.303
811 David Beckmann Trident 1’35.646 0.318
96 Dennis Hauger HitechGP 1’35.682 0.354
108 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1’35.693 0.365
111 Oscar Piastri Prema Powerteam 1’35.699 0.371
1216 Jack Doohan HWA AG 1’35.941 0.613
135 Liam Lawson HitechGP 1’35.999 0.671
1417 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1’36.043 0.715
1529 Alexander Peroni Campos Racing 1’36.094 0.766
1622 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1’36.135 0.807
1727 David Schumacher Carlin 1’36.166 0.838
1812 Olli Caldwell Trident 1’36.176 0.848
1918 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1’36.231 0.903
2025Michael Belov Charouz Racing System 1’36.319 0.991
2121 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1’36.364 1.036
2219 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1’36.477 1.149
2326 Clement Novalak Carlin 1’36.537 1.209
2431 Sophia Flörsch Campos Racing 1’36.606 1.278
2520 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1’36.853 1.525
2623 Roman Staněk Charouz Racing System 1’36.879 1.551
2728 Cameron Das Carlin 1’37.571 2.243
2830 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1’37.575 2.247
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