• Thursday , 24 August 2017

Felix among frontrunners as practice pace hints at lap record threat

gal4Felix enjoyed a strong start to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, topping the opening segment of Friday morning free practice and eventually ending up fourth on the combined timesheets in a session that indicated potentially record-breaking pace around the Belgian venue.

In cool and cloudy - but dry - conditions, Felix set a series of quick laps towards the end of the first 40 minutes of practice, working his way down to a 2m11.896s best which gave him P1 at half mark by almost four tenths of a second.

That effort was already comfortably inside the qualifying times achieved when the FIA Formula 3 European Championship last raced at Spa in 2012, when a 2m15.157s was enough to grab pole position.

There was more to come in the final part of practice, however, as the times continued to tumble. Felix got down to a 2m11.325s before refraining from further attempts due to a late yellow-flag zone in the middle sector, while Max Verstappen was able to record a session-best of 2m10.232s right before the caution period.

Championship leader Esteban Ocon wound up second, a full 0.754s off Verstappen’s pace, with Antonio Fuoco third, Felix fourth and Gustavo Menezes fifth.

The Spa F3 lap record – which can only be officially posted during races - sits at 2m16.123s; expect that to be significantly bettered if the rest of the weekend remains dry. Qualifying 1 takes place at 14.10 local time this afternoon.

FELIX:

“A good session; I’m happy with that. The car felt strong from the first lap, and I was able to top the first part of the session without taking any risks at all. The second session was compromised by the yellow flag towards the end, but I think a mid-2m10s would have been possible. Max’s time was impressive and we will have to see what we can do to challenge him for qualifying. I’m confident we’re in contention.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 14 2:10.232
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 16 2:10.986 0.754
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 15 2:11.096 0.864
4 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 2:11.325 1.093
5 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 13 2:11.375 1.143
6 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 13 2:11.584 1.352
7 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 2:11.728 1.496
8 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 13 2:11.782 1.550
9 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 14 2:11.855 1.623
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 13 2:11.976 1.744
11 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 10 2:12.111 1.879
12 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 2:12.369 2.137
13 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 12 2:12.506 2.274
14 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 2:12.533 2.301
15 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 12 2:12.543 2.311
16 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 11 2:12.664 2.432
17 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 14 2:12.823 2.591
18 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 11 2:13.009 2.777
19 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 12 2:13.206 2.974
20 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 13 2:13.228 2.996
21 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 14 2:13.368 3.136
22 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 8 2:13.383 3.151
23 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 12 2:13.574 3.342
24 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 12 2:13.612 3.380
25 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 12 2:13.623 3.391
26 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 6 2:14.115 3.883

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