Pole for Smolyar, Ushijima loses front row start over track limits violation

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Alexander Smolyar took pole for the Hungaroring Formula 3 round as Reece Ushijima lost second on the grid with his final time deleted for track limits.

Smolyar took his first pole position in FIA Formula 3 since the 2020 round in Hungary, making the Hungaroring the only track the MP Motorsport driver has ever set the pole lap on in the series.

Track limits played a significant role in the session, with both Ushijima and Oliver Goethe both having fast lap times deleted for violations, eventually dropping them outside the top ten in the final order.

As always with Formula 3’s 30-car field, the track was crowded and with many drivers picking the same times to head out onto the track, traffic became a severe problem. Most drivers did an initial run in the first ten minutes of the session and then reappeared from the pits in the final fifteen minutes.

The Trident drivers initially seemed to have the upper hand, with Zane Maloney setting an early quickest time and at one point it was an all-Trident top three with Johnny Edgar leading his two team mates.

However, Smolyar set the fastest time with ten minutes left in the session and appeared untouchable from then on. He steadily improved his lap times, with his final lap to the chequered flag proving his fastest, a 1’32.740, to be a tenth of a second faster than Maloney’s best time.

The session was relatively incident-free. However, there was a late red flag that saw the timing paused with three minutes left. Zak O’Sullivan came to a stop on the pit straight, without contact, seeing the session stopped for his Carlin to be recovered.

Goethe, who is making his FIA Formula 3 debut this weekend, qualified 12th, giving him partially-reversed-grid pole for tomorrow’s sprint race.

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Formula 3 Hungary qualifying results

111Alexander SmolyarMP
23Zane MaloneyTrident
36Oliver BearmanPrema
44Arthur LeclercPrema
58Gregoire SaucyART
612Kush MainiMP
75Jak CrawfordPrema
87Victor MartinsART
910Caio ColletMP
1018Isack HadjarHitech
1129Franco ColapintoHWA
1221Oliver GoetheCampos
1322Pepe MartiCampos
142Roman StanekTrident
151Jonny EdgarTrident
1620Alexander SmolyarMP
1730Rafael VillagomezHWA
189Juan Manuel CorreaART
1931Reece UshijimaHWA
2025William AlataloJenzer
2117Kaylen FrederickHitech
2226Zak O’SullivanCarlin
2323Ido CohenJenzer
2415Christian MansellCharouz
2527Brad BenavidesCarlin
2616Francesco PizziCharouz
2719Nazim AzmanHitech
2828Enzo TrulliCarlin
2914Laszlo TothCharouz
3024Federico MalvestitiJenzer

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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One comment on “Pole for Smolyar, Ushijima loses front row start over track limits violation”

  1. There are Two.. Alexander Smolyar ??

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