• Tuesday , 26 September 2017

Free practice gets Red Bull Ring weekend underway

FP1Felix and Mücke Motorsport worked their way through an extensive test programme as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Red Bull Ring got underway with 80 minutes of free practice on Friday afternoon, although they did not receive all the answers they were looking for going into the eighth round of the season.

Despite continued threats of rain, the full duration of practice took place on a completely dry track, with Felix setting the 15th fastest time – 0.8s shy of pace-setter Antonio Giovinazzi (one out of a full five Carlin runners to feature inside the top ten).

Felix, and a host of his rivals, however, were forced to see several laps deleted due to excessive use of the tarmac run-off areas at Turns 1 and 7, rendering the results of practice somewhat misleading.

Having conducted a positive pre-event test back in Germany, Mücke Motorsport travelled to the Styrian Alps hoping to verify their findings, but had to be content with tenth as their best practice result after local hero Lucas Auer set a 1m25.983s to end up less than two tenths ahead of Felix.

Qualifying for the first race of the weekend takes place at 18.05 local time this evening.

FELIX:

“Not a great session for us. We struggled under braking and locked up too much, particularly at Turn 3. We still have a lot of work to do, but the car felt strong in the slower corners and that gives us a baseline on which to build. We have a couple of hours until qualifying and I’m confident we’ll be stronger by then.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 18 1:25.347
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 21 1:25.441 00.094
3 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 20 1:25.486 00.139
4 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 18 1:25.526 00.179
5 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 23 1:25.638 00.291
6 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 19 1:25.837 00.490
7 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 20 1:25.858 00.511
8 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 22 1:25.877 00.530
9 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 20 1:25.962 00.615
10 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 18 1:25.983 00.636
11 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 17 1:26.051 00.704
12 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 24 1:26.102 00.755
13 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 21 1:26.112 00.765
14 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 20 1:26.141 00.794
15 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 19 1:26.147 00.800
16 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 20 1:26.189 00.842
17 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 19 1:26.313 00.966
18 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 18 1:26.421 01.074
19 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 22 1:26.459 01.112
20 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 24 1:26.481 01.134
21 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 20 1:26.610 01.263
22 9 Alfonso Celis / MEX Fortec Motorsports 18 1:26.943 01.596
23 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 20 1:26.952 01.605
24 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 19 1:27.171 01.824
25 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 12 1:27.273 01.926
26 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 19 1:27.457 02.110

 

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