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Stanek takes pole
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 20: Roman Stanek of Czech Republic and Trident (2) drives on track during practice ahead of Round 3:Barcelona of the Formula 3 Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 20, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Stanek Takes Pole in Barcelona

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Roman Stanek takes pole position in Barcelona with a 1:35.516 in his best ever qualifying. Victor Martins followed closely in second with Alexander Smolyar behind in third.

Lights Out

As the light went green at the end of the pit lane cars filed out onto the track. Championship leader Victor Martins had a delayed exit onto the track after his car had to be restarted.

Hitech’s Isack Hadjar set the first benchmark time, setting a 1:34.181. This was soon displaced by MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet who took the top spot with a 1:34.026. VAR’s Franco Colapinto followed with a 1:34.042, the pair being separated by only 0.016 seconds. Current championship leader Victor Martins came in P3 setting a 1:34.108.

After a flurry of action, the cars began to make their way into the pit lane. With 20 minutes to go the Top 15 drivers were separated by a second.

Trident’s Zane Maloney is due to be investigated after the session. Maloney missed the weighbridge upon returning to the pit lane a mistake that saw MP Motorsports Kush Maini disqualified from qualifying in Bahrain.

Second Runs

Heading out on their second runs Hadjar once again sets the benchmark with a 1:33.909. This however was snatched by PREMA’s Oliver Bearman who set a 1:33.747. Bearman was quickly displaced by MP Motorsports Alexander Smolyar with a 1:33.613.

Martins then took provisional pole with a 1:33.568.

Trying to break his qualifying curse PREMA’s Arthur Leclerc was the next to cross the line with a 1:33.731. Not fast enough for provisional pole Leclerc pushes his way to P3 displacing teammate Bearman.

With 10 minutes remaining the grid filed into the pits once again the Top 19 being separated by a second. Trident’s Roman Stanek tried to take advantage of the empty track however he only managed to push himself into P10 with a 1:34.001.

Last Push

The grid returned to the track with just over six minutes remaining. Traffic started to accumulate as the thirty cars made their way out.

Hadjar managed to improve on his time claiming P3 from Leclerc with a 1:33.726.

As the chequered flag was waved the Top Five remained as it was however Stanek remained on a lap. Crossing the line Stanek took pole position with a 1:33.516 pushing Martins into P2 and Smolyar to P3.

As a result, this marks Stanek’s best qualifying performance in Formula 3 so far.

Qualifying Classification

The Top 12 will line up as follows for Sunday’s Feature Race:

1st- Stanek

2nd- Martins

3rd- Smolyar

4th- Hadjar

5th- Leclerc

6th- Bearman

7th- Collet

8th- Frederick

9th- Crawford

10th- Correa

11th- Vidales

12th- Maloney

The grid will be reversed for Saturday’s Sprint Race.

Head Image Credit: Getty Images

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