• Thursday , 19 October 2017

Budapest free practice: a strong start in Hungary

Budapest12Felix gave himself the answers he was seeking by going second fastest in FIA Formula 3 European Championship free practice at the Hungaroring on Friday afternoon.

Despite winning the Grand Prix de Pau three weeks ago, Felix took a slightly cautious approach into Budapest, with the Hungarian circuit differing substantially from that of the French street venue and placing a whole new set of demands on chassis characteristics – potentially leaving the Mücke Motorsport charge prone to the same kind of issues that hit its early-campaign performances.

As practice went underway on a damp but drying track, however, the progress indicated by the Pau triumph remained apparent, as Felix set the second-fastest lap of the 80-minute session to end up 0.224s adrift of pace-setter and championship leader Esteban Ocon.

The duo enjoyed some breathing space to third-placed Antonio Fuoco, who wound up a further three tenths off Ocon as the Prema Powerteam team-mates sandwiched Felix in the top three.

The other Mücke Motorsport runners endured a more torrid session. Lucas Auer clashed with Carlin’s Sean Gelael in the early stages and sustained session-ending suspension damage, while Roy Nissany – a Budapest resident – ended up 14th.

300Felix also suffered a late setback, as fuel pressure problems forced him to park his car on the approach to Turn 13 five minutes before the chequered flag. Mücke Motorsport are currently investigating the cause of the problem.

 

FELIX:

“A strong start to the weekend – which was important for us here in Budapest. We seem to be competitive – particularly since my fastest lap wasn’t that great – and the gap to Esteban is not impossible to bridge. I was building up to a final attempt when the dashboard signalled a fuel pressure problem, so I opted not to risk anything and parked on the side of the track. We’re currently analysing the problem, but it shouldn’t be too serious and I’m really looking forward to qualifying this afternoon.”

 

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 20 1:35.801
2 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 18 1:36.025 00.224
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 18 1:36.329 00.528
4 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 18 1:36.472 00.671
5 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 20 1:36.522 00.721
6 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 20 1:36.584 00.783
7 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 20 1:36.612 00.811
8 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 19 1:36.620 00.819
9 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 19 1:36.632 00.831
10 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 19 1:36.932 01.131
11 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 20 1:37.089 01.288
12 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 20 1:37.194 01.393
13 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 15 1:37.248 01.447
14 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 20 1:37.332 01.531
15 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 22 1:37.345 01.544
16 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 19 1:37.601 01.800
17 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 19 1:37.613 01.812
18 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 19 1:37.646 01.845
19 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 20 1:37.648 01.847
20 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 18 1:37.648 01.847
21 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 19 1:37.732 01.931
22 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 19 1:38.095 02.294
23 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 19 1:38.800 02.999
24 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 20 1:38.919 03.118

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