Jehan Daruvala charged to his first pole position in FIA Formula 3 after beating Pedro Piquet in qualifying on Friday evening at Spa, gaining ground on championship leader and Prema Racing teammate Robert Shwartzman.

Daruvala managed to overcome traffic difficulties early in the session to rise from P7 to pole on his final run, turning in a best lap time of 2m05.125s to take top spot by two-tenths of a second.

The result saw Daruvala become the sixth different pole-sitter in as many F3 rounds this year, as well as cutting the gap to Shwartzman in the standings down to 16 points. Shwartzman qualified fourth after failing to improve with his final effort of the session.

Piquet had sat on provisional pole for Trident before the final runs, but still managed to qualify second ahead of Jenzer Motorsport's Yuki Tsunoda, who produced his best qualifying performance of the year to take third.

Jake Hughes will start fifth for HWA Racelab ahead of Hitech driver and title contender Juri Vips, who wound up sixth.

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