Gabriele Mini (Hi Tech) had set the fastest time in free practice on Thursday. He did it again and will start from pole position at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday for the feature race in Formula 3 at Monaco Grand Prix.
Sweden’s Dino Beganovic (Prema Racing) needed just 16 minutes on Friday to set the fastest Group A time in F3, in a qualifying session held on a perfectly dry, sunny track. A time of 1:23.880 put him ahead of two Hi Tech drivers, Briton Luke Browning and Colombian Sebastian Montoya.
When Group B entered the track, the level was raised a notch and another Hi Tech driver, Italy’s Gabriele Mini, jumped to the top of the timesheet. A member of the Ferrari drivers Academy, Mini further improved his time at the end of the session (1:23.278), to finish this session ahead of Estonian Paul Aron (Prema) and Brazilian Caio Collet (Van Amersfoort Racing).
Mini will not only be on the front row at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday for the long F3 race, he will also be on pole position, having beaten Beganovic by around half a second. And improving his best time on Thursday by almost three seconds.
As for Oliver Goethe, the young German member of Automobile Club de Monaco, who debuts this year in F3, he took a very encouraging 9th place in Group A, enough to aim for a nice finish on Sunday, for the comeback of F3 in the Principality’s sporting calendar.