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F3 Spa: Collet takes maiden pole as title contenders struggle

Caio Collet took his maiden FIA Formula 3 pole position at Spa as the title challengers struggled heading into the last three rounds of the season.

Caio Collet

The MP Motorsport driver snatched the top spot in the last seconds of the session with a 2m11.289s, leading from Trident's Zane Maloney and Francesco Pizzi (Charouz Racing System).

But several of the title contenders struggled, with Isack Hadjar's session ending early as the Hitech driver's car cut out on the start-finish straight.

Roman Stanek was the highest finisher of the top six in the standings, lining up fifth for Sunday's race, while Prema Racing's Ollie Bearman will start ninth and teammate Arthur Leclerc in 20th.

Victor Martins also struggled, and will line up behind Hadjar in 24th for Sunday's feature race.

Bearman set an early benchmark during the wet session, with a 2m22.931s giving him an early lead from Leclerc and ART's Gregoire Saucy, while Martins ran in fourth.

The red flag was waved 10 minutes into the session after Jak Crawford (Prema) suffered a spin at Turn 12 and ended up in the gravel trap as he attempted to get back on track. The title contender will start last for both races.

Heading out after a 10-minute stoppage, much of the field opted for slick tyres as the surface dried.

Hadjar went top with a 2m18.66s, despite a near-miss with a gravel trap, with Ido Cohen slotting into second for Jenzer Motorsport, 1.9s off the pace, and Kaylen Frederick (Hitech) in third.

Martins was next to snatch provisional pole, setting a 2m18.684s to demote his title rival, with both sitting on 104 points in the standings with three rounds remaining, while Leclerc, who trails them on 95 points, slotted into third.

The times then tumbled, with several drivers trading the top spot, including William Alatalo (Jenzer) and MP Motorsport's Alexander Smolyar.

Heading into the final stages, Collet went top with a 2m15.823s, and though he was briefly toppled by Trident duo Roman Stanek and Maloney, he took the chequered flag in front 0.2s ahead of the Barbadian.

Oliver Goethe, subbing in for an injured Hunter Yeany, will line up fourth for Sunday's race, with Stanek and Jonny Edgar in fifth and sixth.

Smolyar starts seventh, with Bearman in eighth and Van Amersfoort Racing's Franco Colapinto in ninth.

Zak O'Sullivan will take reverse-grid pole for Carlin for Saturday's sprint race, with Juan Manuel Correa (ART) in second and Brad Benavides (Carlin) third.

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Brazil Caio Collet
Netherlands MP Motorsport 11 2'11.289
2 Barbados Zane Maloney
Italy Trident 10 2'11.551 0.262
3 Italy Francesco Pizzi
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 10 2'11.988 0.699
4 Monaco Oliver Goethe
Spain Campos Racing 12 2'12.121 0.832
5 Czech Republic Roman Staněk
Italy Trident 11 2'12.135 0.846
6 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar
Italy Trident 10 2'12.135 0.846
7 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar
Netherlands MP Motorsport 12 2'12.149 0.860
8 United Kingdom Oliver Bearman
Italy Prema Powerteam 11 2'12.204 0.915
9 Argentina Franco Colapinto
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 10 2'12.235 0.946
10 United States Brad Benavides
United Kingdom Carlin 10 2'12.251 0.962
11 United States Juan Manuel Correa
France ART Grand Prix 11 2'12.255 0.966
12 United Kingdom Zak O'Sullivan
United Kingdom Carlin 10 2'12.454 1.165
13 Finland William Alatalo
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 12 2'12.494 1.205
14 Italy Enzo Trulli
United Kingdom Carlin 11 2'12.672 1.383
15 India Kush Maini
Netherlands MP Motorsport 10 2'12.687 1.398
16 Japan Reece Ushijima
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 10 2'12.716 1.427
17 Spain Josep Maria Martí
Spain Campos Racing 10 2'12.726 1.437
18 Spain David Vidales
Spain Campos Racing 11 2'12.955 1.666
19 Switzerland Gregoire Saucy
France ART Grand Prix 11 2'13.140 1.851
20 Monaco Arthur Leclerc
Italy Prema Powerteam 11 2'13.191 1.902
21 Israel Ido Cohen
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 12 2'13.645 2.356
22 Italy Federico Malvestiti
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 12 2'13.921 2.632
23 France Isack Hadjar
United Kingdom HitechGP 11 2'13.970 2.681
24 France Victor Martins
France ART Grand Prix 11 2'14.357 3.068
25 United Kingdom Christian Mansell
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 11 2'14.385 3.096
26 United States Kaylen Frederick
United Kingdom HitechGP 12 2'14.677 3.388
27 Mexico Rafael Villagomez
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 10 2'15.288 3.999
28 Hungary László Tóth
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 10 2'16.011 4.722
29 Malaysia Nazim Azman
United Kingdom HitechGP 12 2'16.220 4.931
30 United States Jak Crawford
Italy Prema Powerteam 3 2'23.648 12.359

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