Logan Sargeant took pole position for Saturday’s FIA Formula 3 race on the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix weekend.
The American topped the first part of the running with less than 15 minutes remaining, two tenths clear of team-mate and championship-leader Oscar Piastri in second.
Drama occurred though when Piastri pulled to the side of the track at the pit entry briefly, before the PREMA pilot got going again. When he returned to the circuit for the second run, he stopped again, this time on the exit of Brooklands and brought out the red flags with four minutes left.
By the time the session concluded, Piastri would drop to 11th, while Liam Lawson and Jake Hughes were able to improve to second and third. Frederik Vesti was fourth in the other PREMA in front of Bent Viscaal.
The top 10 was completed by Theo Pourchaire, Jack Doohan, David Beckmann, Ben Barnicoat and Lirim Zendeli.
Sargeant’s pole time on his last run earned him four championship points, closing the gap to Piastri to 13 points.
The first race of the fifth round of this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship begins on Saturday at 09:25 BST.