Qualifying report

F3 Zandvoort: Maloney clinches pole in truncated qualifying

Zane Maloney clinched his second pole position in FIA Formula 3 at Zandvoort as a late red flag scuppered many final flying laps, including that of title contender Ollie Bearman.

Zane Maloney, Trident

Trident driver Maloney, who also took pole at Imola, continued his run of good form after taking feature race victory at Spa by setting a 1m24.386s to line up first for Sunday’s race.

He took provisional pole from Victor Martins (ART) halfway through the session and was set to improve on his time before the red flag, prompted by Jenzer’s William Alatalo crashing into the barriers at Turn 3, ended running early.

It left many, including a visibly frustrated Bearman, unable to improve on their times heading into the penultimate race weekend of the season.

Maloney's teammate Isack Hadjar set an early benchmark, with a 1m26.309s, despite losing the rear slightly at Turn 10.

The Red Bull junior was immediately toppled by Caio Collet, who took pole at Spa last weekend for MP Motorsport, and his teammate Alexander Smolyar, before Martins continued his practice-topping form by moving ahead with a 1m25.152s.

Hadjar was quickly dropped outside the top 10, ending up in 19th after the first round of flying laps, with fellow title contender Arthur Leclerc also struggling in 20th for Prema, while the Monegasque's teammate and fellow Ferrari junior Bearman ran in 10th.

With traffic forcing second build laps on the next run of attempts, Smolyar found a gap to move up into eighth, while Prema driver Jak Crawford moved up into fourth and Collet leapt to second behind Martins.

Martins then improved on his time, setting a 1m24.676s, before pole was snatched away by Maloney. He went 0.290s quicker, with Roman Stanek in third for Trident.

With two-and-a-half minutes left on the clock the field emerged from the pits once more and second-generation racer Sebastian Montoya, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo driving in place of Hunter Yeany at Campos, shot up to fifth place, while Crawford was promoted to third.

Hadjar then moved up to sixth before the red flag ended the session, leaving Bearman and several others unable to complete their last runs.

Martins, who sits third in the standings, will line up on the front row alongside Maloney, with Crawford and Stanek behind them.

Franco Colapinto will start fifth for Van Amersfoort Racing at the team’s home race, with Hadjar in sixth and Montoya seventh.

Jonny Edgar will start eighth for Trident, with Collet in ninth.

Juan Manuel Correa will start on reverse grid pole for Saturday’s sprint race, with ART teammate Gregoire Saucy alongside him and Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan in third.

F3 Zandvoort - Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap
1 3 Barbados Zane Maloney
Italy Trident 1'24.386
2 7 France Victor Martins
France ART Grand Prix 1'24.675 0.289
3 5 United States Jak Crawford
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'24.822 0.436
4 2 Czech Republic Roman Staněk
Italy Trident 1'24.831 0.445
5 29 Argentina Franco Colapinto
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 1'24.855 0.469
6 18 France Isack Hadjar
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'25.029 0.643
7 21 Colombia Sebastian Montoya
Spain Campos Racing 1'25.038 0.652
8 1 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar
Italy Trident 1'25.047 0.661
9 10 Brazil Caio Collet
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'25.172 0.786
10 26 United Kingdom Zak O'Sullivan
United Kingdom Carlin 1'25.211 0.825
11 8 Switzerland Gregoire Saucy
France ART Grand Prix 1'25.365 0.979
12 9 United States Juan Manuel Correa
France ART Grand Prix 1'25.376 0.990
13 12 India Kush Maini
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'25.510 1.124
14 6 United Kingdom Oliver Bearman
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'25.555 1.169
15 27 United States Brad Benavides
United Kingdom Carlin 1'25.595 1.209
16 11 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar
Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'25.618 1.232
17 22 Spain Josep Maria Martí
Spain Campos Racing 1'25.628 1.242
18 17 United States Kaylen Frederick
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'25.637 1.251
19 30 Mexico Rafael Villagomez
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 1'25.668 1.282
20 4 Monaco Arthur Leclerc
Italy Prema Powerteam 1'25.684 1.298
21 16 Italy Francesco Pizzi
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'25.762 1.376
22 25 Finland William Alatalo
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'25.800 1.414
23 31 Japan Reece Ushijima
Netherlands Van Amersfoort Racing 1'25.826 1.440
24 28 Italy Enzo Trulli
United Kingdom Carlin 1'26.248 1.862
25 23 Israel Ido Cohen
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'26.251 1.865
26 20 Spain David Vidales
Spain Campos Racing 1'26.493 2.107
27 15 Germany David Schumacher
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'26.631 2.245
28 24 Italy Federico Malvestiti
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'26.635 2.249
29 19 Malaysia Nazim Azman
United Kingdom HitechGP 1'27.166 2.780
30 14 Hungary László Tóth
Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'28.653 4.267
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