Logan Sargent cruised to his maiden FIA Formula 3 pole position today with PREMA Racing at Silverstone. The 19-year-old from Florida delivered a perfect performance to pace the field at the famed British venue. Sargeant is now hoping for a weekend of smooth sailing to bounce back from some earlier adverse fortunes.
The team proved quick from the outset, with Sargeant battling with teammates Oscar Piastri and Frederik Vesti in the first part of the session. The Australian eventually took third place at the end of a really tight last-lap battle and was extremely close to the lap times set by the frontrunners.
Frederik Vesti eventually rounded out the top-5. The 18-year-old Dane will start the opening race from the third row after dealing with traffic in his final run which caused him to be the first to take the checkered flag without being able to complete a second flying lap in the stint.
# 1 - Oscar Piastri
"We qualified third. Not bad, it equals my best result of the season, but obviously, I'm a little disappointed because I was on pole until the very last lap and we definitely had the potential for pole. We just lost the rear tires a bit during the last lap and over pushed. Third place is a very good spot and the race is going to be very interesting with tire degradation. We think we still have a shot for the win and we'll keep our heads up for tomorrow."
# 2 - Frederik Vesti
"The first run was a very good recovery from practice when we had a lot of things to improve. We stayed cool, sat down and lookedat all things we had to improve. Temperatures were much warmer in qualifying which made it more interesting, but we took P3 in the first run which we were very happy for. In the second run, we got some issues in getting back to the track and going out late compromised the result quite a lot as we didn't get a better lap time in the second run while everybody else improved massively. P5 is still a decent result and I'm sure we can fight from there tomorrow and I think that the tire degradation will be quite high compared to the other tracks. I'm looking forward to racing at Silverstone, it's an awesome place!"
# 3 - Logan Sargeant
"Qualifying went really well, we got pole position. I had a really good feeling with the car so no complaints at all. Big thank you to the team and let's try to do our best tomorrow."