• Thursday , 23 November 2017

Felix completes Norisring practice programme

FP1Felix worked his way through an uninterrupted FIA Formula 3 European Championship free practice programme at the Norisring as on-track activities got underway on the streets of Nuremberg on Friday afternoon.

The full 80 minutes of practice took place under clear blue skies and in lovely summer temperatures, with all 26 drivers showing impressive maturity to gradually build their confidence around the barrier-lined venue and not a single red-flag stoppage hindering the acclimatisation process.

dustWith the F3 cars being the first to venture out on track this weekend, the early stages of the session featured the standard street circuit procedure of cleaning up the racing line, with large amounts of dust initially being thrust off the ground as drivers began touring what is normally used as public roads.

Felix was on the pace from his first sequence of laps, ending up third on the timesheets at the halfway point of the session (less than a tenth off pace-setter Max Verstappen), although he would eventually drop back to seventh on the overall list as times continued to tumble in the second part of running after heading out on new tyres earlier than most of his rivals.

Verstappen stayed on top with a 48.387s best, while Felix dedicated the final stages of running to set-up comparisons and wound up 0.479s off the Dutchman.

As expected, lap times were incredibly close at the 2.3 km circuit, with a full 20 drivers covered by less than a second and the entire field bunched up by 1.522s.

Qualifying for the first race of the weekend takes place later this afternoon.

FELIX:

“A solid and trouble-free start to the weekend. We were on the pace in the first part of the session, but then we dropped back a little bit in the second half, which I think was mostly due to us completing our new-tyre run earlier than the others when the track was less rubbered-in. Qualifying is when it counts and I can’t wait to get out there; we’ve got a few things to work on before then, but I’m confident we’ll be in the running.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 33 48.387
2 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 30 48.472 00.085
3 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 30 48.617 00.230
4 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 38 48.684 00.297
5 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 38 48.855 00.468
6 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 33 48.859 00.472
7 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 34 48.866 00.479
8 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 33 48.875 00.488
9 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 38 48.904 00.517
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 24 48.917 00.530
11 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 31 48.922 00.535
12 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 34 48.927 00.540
13 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 34 48.976 00.589
14 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 34 48.984 00.597
15 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 29 49.054 00.667
16 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 35 49.091 00.704
17 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 29 49.144 00.757
18 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 33 49.147 00.760
19 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 36 49.162 00.775
20 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 31 49.302 00.915
21 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 29 49.480 01.093
22 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 30 49.610 01.223
23 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 30 49.625 01.238
24 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 36 49.656 01.269
25 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 28 49.818 01.431
26 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 31 49.909 01.522

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