The suffering he experienced at Spa-Francorchamps seems to have already been forgotten for Dennis Hauger. The Prema driver, who had experienced a complicated weekend in Belgium, returned to play the role of the showman in Zandvoort with strength, winning a pole of strength in the chaotic final minutes of the session.
The F3 drivers were forced to a sudden red flag break with four minutes to go when Yeany spun and then stuck on the line. The Charouz Racing System driver managed to restart independently, but the race direction had already decided to interrupt the session in order not to take any risks.
At the restart, almost everyone immediately returned to the track with the exception of Hauger who waited a few more moments to avoid being stuck in traffic. The choice proved the championship leader right.
Hauger set partial records in the first and second sectors to then improve his time trial in T3 and cross the finish line with the best time in 1’24”580.
The Norwegian has conquered a pole of strength that gives him another four precious points in the standings in this final of the season.
It was David Schumacher who chewed bitter. The German of the Trident team now seemed credited with pole position, but in the last attempt he was unable to be incisive again and in the end he paid a gap of 1 tenth from the time set by Hauger.
Nice leap in the final by Victor Martins. The Frenchman of MP Motorsport, also thanks to the wake kindly offered by his teammate Collet, managed to climb up to third place by relegating Jack Doohan to fourth.
Hauger’s direct rival in the standings immediately seemed at ease on the Dutch track, but he never found a perfect lap and had to settle for a time of 1’24 ” 939.
The excellent form of the Trident in Zandvoort is also confirmed by the fifth time obtained by Clement Novalak. The Frenchman, already on the ball in the morning in Free Practice, was the last driver to go under the wall of 1’25 ” and finished behind his teammate by only 22 thousandths.
Collet was unable to improve in the last attempt and in Race 3 he will start from the sixth box, while Jak Crawford, after the best reference signed in the free practice in the morning, once again confirmed himself as the best driver of the Hitech GP with the seventh time trial in 1’25 ” 274.
Smolyar, Iwasa and Leclerc have completed the top ten, while Amaury Cordeel, thanks to the twelfth time trial, will have the opportunity to start from Race 1 pole with Logan Sargeant at his side.