After the opening runs, Hauger trailed Schumacher as the Trident driver went in search of his maiden pole position.

A brief red flag period with six minutes on the clock halted the session after Hunter Yeany spun at the Turn 2-3 complex of corners.

Hauger nailed his final lap to take top spot off Schumacher, thus picking up the four points that come with pole in F3.

This has allowed the Norweigan to extend his points lead to 29 points over Jack Doohan, who won two of the three races in Belgium last time out.

Doohan qualified having been pipped by MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins in the closing stages.

Martin set the fastest final sector of anyone as he benefited from a tow down the start-finish straight.

Outside of the top four, Clement Novalak made it three Tridents in the top five. 

Caio Collet qualified sixth ahead of Red Bull junior Jak Crawford, who enjoyed one of his best sessions of the season.

Aleksandr Smolyar was eighth for ART Grand Prix ahead of Ayumu Iwasa and Arthur Leclerc.

Logan Sargeant and Armaury Cordeel will share the front row of the grid for Saturday’s opening sprint race, with the latter on reverse grid pole.

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