• Friday , 15 December 2017

Engine woes curtail free practice programme

FP1Felix did not enjoy the kind of start he was looking for as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicked into life at Silverstone on Friday, after engine problems brought running to a premature end in free practice.

After leading the Mücke Motorsport charge by grabbing tenth in the opening 40-minute session, Felix ran into trouble early on as practice recommenced after a five-minute break, eventually completing just seven more laps before parking up in the pitlane with a loss of engine power.

Mücke Motorsport do currently not know what caused the issues, but work is underway to rectify the problem in time for this afternoon’s all-important qualifying sessions – the first of which commences at 13.40 local time.

Practice was topped by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Max Verstappen, who recorded a 1m51.716s best towards the end of the session. Despite sitting out the last 30 minutes of running, Felix remained the fastest Mücke Motorsport representative on a 1m53.001s.

FELIX:

“That obviously wasn’t the start we’d been hoping for, but hopefully it’s not too serious. The engine lost power at the beginning of the second session, right after the five-minute break, and the team is currently looking into it. Driving-wise, the running we did do felt quite OK, but we do have a few things to work on going into qualifying. It’s still early days and I look forward to seeing where we are this afternoon.”

RESULTS (top ten):

1 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:51.716 -
2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 1:51.798 +0.082
3 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 1:51.863 +0.147
4 Edward Jones / GBR Carlin 1:52.040 +0.324
5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 1:52.082 +0.366
6 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:52.116 +0.400
7 Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam 1:52.259 +0.543
8 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:52.334 +0.618
9 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:52.558 +0.842
10 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 1:52.594 +0.878
16 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 1:53.001 +1.285

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