Gabriele Mini claims pole for Formula 3 Feature race
Rookie driver Gabriele Mini claims pole position for Formula 3 Feature race, ahead of Gabriel Bortoleto in a closely contested qualifying session.
Gabriele Mini, a rookie driver, emerged as the pole position winner in the qualifying session for the upcoming Formula 3 Feature race. He outperformed fellow rookie Gabriel Bortoleto in a closely contested competition.
At the start of the session, with a total of thirty cars on the field, it was inevitable that there would be some jostling for track position. Drivers opted for two build-up laps to generate the required tyre and brake temperature.
Nikita Bedrin initially won the battle for track position, but his time was disqualified due to a sudden turn four snap. Meanwhile, all eyes were on Gabriel Bortoleto of the Trident team, who had demonstrated impressive performance in pre-season testing and earlier practice sessions. Although Bortoleto managed to set the fastest lap time, it was later invalidated as he exceeded the track limits.
Halfway through the session, Gabriele Mini of the Hitech team was leading the timing sheets, with a margin of six-tenths ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Montoya, who is a Red Bull Junior driver.
Initially, the Prema trio had not set any competitive lap times. However, they all briefly appeared in the top five positions, with Zak O’Sullivan setting the fastest lap time for the team and the entire session.
As the track conditions improved, lap times began to decrease. Caio Collet then set the fastest lap time, ahead of Zak O’Sullivan, Gregoire Saucy, Franco Colapinto, and Gabriele Mini. At this point, only two-tenths of a second separated the top five drivers, with 10 minutes remaining in the session.
The Hitech team drivers took advantage of the track’s improving conditions and continued to perform well. Gabriele Mini regained the provisional pole position, with a lead of three-tenths of a second ahead of his teammate Sebastian Montoya. Additionally, Luke Browning managed to move up to fourth place.
Gabriele Mini attempted to widen the gap further by improving his lap time by an additional half-tenth. However, this left him out of sync with the rest of the field. Zak O’Sullivan seemed to be the most likely driver to surpass Mini’s lap time, but he lost control of his car in the final sector, resulting in him finishing in the 10th position.
In the final moments of the session, Gabriele Mini held onto his pole position, despite some intense competition from Gabriel Bortoleto, who finished just 0.06 seconds behind in second place. As a result, the feature race will have an all-rookie front row. Gregoire Saucy qualified in third place, followed by Oliver Goethe and Hugh Barter, completing the top five. The Prema trio of drivers were extremely close in lap times, just two-tenths off Mini’s pace. However, this was only enough for them to secure the 8th position, with 9th and 10th places being occupied by drivers Beganovic and O’Sullivan.
The results of the qualifying.
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps 1 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m47.055s 11 2 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m47.112s +0.057s 12 3 Gregoire Saucy ART GP 1m47.166s +0.111s 10 4 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m47.190s +0.135s 12 5 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m47.274s +0.219s 12 6 Kaylen Frederick ART GP 1m47.283s +0.228s 11 7 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m47.290s +0.235s 12 8 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m47.320s +0.265s 11 9 Paul Aron Prema 1m47.322s +0.267s 11 10 Caio Collet VAR 1m47.371s +0.316s 12 11 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m47.391s +0.336s 12 12 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m47.398s +0.343s 12 13 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m47.451s +0.396s 12 14 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m47.476s +0.421s 12 15 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m47.535s +0.480s 12 16 Nikola Tsolov ART GP 1m47.593s +0.538s 10 17 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m47.694s +0.639s 12 18 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m47.717s +0.662s 11 19 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m47.885s +0.830s 12 20 Rafael Villagomez VAR 1m47.950s +0.895s 13 21 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m48.200s +1.145s 12 22 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.203s +1.148
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