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F3 – Montoya starts Sprint Race from pole



F3 - Montoya starts Sprint Race from pole

In a qualifying session that saw three red flags, Gabriel Bortoleto has secured pole position for the first-ever Formula 3 race in Australia.

Despite the chaos, Bortoleto was able to clock in a time of 1m33.025s, putting him 0.171 seconds ahead of second-place qualifier, Gregoire Saucy.

Gabriel Bortoleto has secured the top spot on the starting grid for the Feature Race at Albert Park, following a session filled with frequent driver errors.

The qualifying session was marred by multiple mishaps, prompting a premature halt with the deployment of the red flag. One such incident was Pepe Marti’s significant collision at the Turn 9/10 chicane, who had earlier clinched victory at the Bahrain Sprint Race.

With just four minutes left in the session, Kaylen Frederick’s collision at the final corner led to another red flag interruption. However, the drivers were able to resume racing, and Bortoleto, the reigning champion of Bahrain Feature Race, made the most of the opportunity, claiming pole position.

As the clock ticked down, there was another incident at the final corner, with Nikita Bedrin crashing heavily into the wall. Throughout the session, Gregoire Saucy looked to be in the running for pole position, but ultimately had to settle for second place behind Bortoleto.

At the end of the session, Gabriel Mini, who had secured pole position in Bahrain, could only manage a third-place finish after locking up and getting stuck in the gravel trap at the first corner.


The second Trident driver, Leonardo Fornaroli, claimed fourth place, with Zak O’Sullivan and Paul Aron of Prema following closely behind.

Franco Colapinto initially held the top spot but fell down to seventh place by the end of the session.

Eighth place was taken by Dino Beganovic, with Luke Browning and Caio Collet completing the top 10 positions.

Sebastian Montoya, who qualified in 12th place, will start the Sprint Race from reverse grid pole position, alongside Oliver Goethe at the front row.

1Gabriel BortoletoTrident1m33.025s15
2Gregoire SaucyART GP1m33.196s+0.171s16
3Gabriele MiniHitech GP1m33.307s+0.282s15
4Leonardo FornaroliTrident1m33.370s+0.345s14
5Zak O’SullivanPrema1m33.373s+0.348s15
6Paul AronPrema1m33.408s+0.383s15
7Franco ColapintoMP Motorsport1m33.588s+0.563s16
8Dino BeganovicPrema1m33.604s+0.579s15
9Luke BrowningHitech GP1m33.765s+0.740s16
10Caio ColletVan Amersfoort Racing1m33.876s+0.851s16
11Oliver GoetheTrident1m34.017s+0.992s14
12Sebastian MontoyaHitech GP1m34.094s+1.069s17
13Christian MansellCampos Racing1m34.227s+1.202s15
14Jonny EdgarMP Motorsport1m34.276s+1.251s16
15Nikola TsolovART GP1m34.290s+1.265s16
16Mari BoyaMP Motorsport1m34.326s+1.301s15
17Kaylen FrederickART GP1m34.364s+1.339s11
18Taylor BarnardJenzer Motorsport1m34.394s+1.369s15
19Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort Racing1m34.546s+1.521s16
20Nikita BedrinJenzer Motorsport1m34.768s+1.743s15
21Ollie GrayCarlin1m35.102s+2.077s17
22Hunter YeanyCarlin1m35.132s+2.107s15
23Hugh BarterCampos Racing1m35.133s+2.108s15
24Ido CohenCarlin1m35.359s+2.334s16
25Sophia FloerschPHM by Charouz1m35.519s+2.494s15
26Roberto FariaPHM by Charouz1m35.688s+2.663s14
27Piotr WisnickiPHM by Charouz1m36.019s+2.994s14
28Tommy SmithVan Amersfoort Racing1m36.314s+3.289s16
29Alex GarciaJenzer Motorsport1m36.596s+3.571s16
30Pepe MartiCampos Racing1m56.088s+23.063s3

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