Felix 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.
“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.”
|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|