PREMA Racing today placed its three FIA Formula 3 Championship cars in the top-10 during qualifying at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The technical Spanish circuit welcomes the teams and drivers for round 3 of 2022 and qualifying started today, with most drivers using a different strategy than usual, with three sets of new tires each for a single push lap. The result was an even closer peloton than in previous events, with the top-12 less than four tenths of a second apart.
Arthur Leclerc took fifth place, his best qualifying result of the season to date. The Monegask, who had been unlucky in his previous qualifying attempts, was followed by fellow Ferrari Driver Academy man Ollie Bearman, who continued to impress throughout his debut F3 season. Red Bull Junior Jak Crawford finished P9 due to a late traffic problem. However, with the reversal of the top-12 positions for race 1 tomorrow, he has plenty of opportunities to recover.
“I’m quite happy with the top-5 as this is my best qualifying result so far. I had a bit of trouble finding the right balance with the car during qualifying. I think I could have done better on my side too, but we’re working and I’m confident the race will be better because we have a great race pace.”
“It was a good session, I did well in the first two runs and I felt good with the car, just needed some clearance. Finally another driver made a mistake in the last push in front of me, he did it’ “I pulled back and I was behind him in sector 3, which cost me two and a half tenths. It could have been a lot better, but I’m still in the top 10, so it’s okay.”
“Not a bad qualifying, in the end it was P6, I’m quite happy with that. It’s very close, the top 10 is super close. I’m also quite happy to be in the reverse grid, I’ll start P7 tomorrow. I struggled a bit with the car, especially with the different tire compound compared to practice this morning. It was a step for me with the different grip and with the track getting a lot warmer. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, but there’s more to do.”