Racking up a total of 40 laps, Felix completed a trouble-free programme of running behind the wheel of his Mücke Motorsport-Dallara in cold and windy conditions, gradually upping the pace to eventually end up seventh on the timesheets – less than half a second shy of early pace-setter Tom Blomqvist (Carlin).
The top ten were covered by less than six tenths of a second, setting the stage for a thrilling qualifying session later this afternoon.
The start of practice was delayed for 15 minutes as the emergency helicopter – required to air-lift drivers to hospital in case of an accident – was yet to arrive at the circuit as running was meant to commence. Action was later red-flagged twice following offs from Tatiana Calderón (Jo Zeller Racing) and Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec) over the blind crest at the ultra-quick Turn 7.
Qualifying for the first race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 16.50 local time, although the event programme is currently running to a 30-minute delay.
“I like the circuit. It’s quite technical, particularly in Sector 2, with some sweeping bends that require you to think a little bit outside the box. Practice went OK for us and we seem to be close to the pace. There are a couple of things we need to work on before qualifying, as always, but I’m relatively happy and looking forward to this afternoon.”
|1||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||19||1:26.969|
|2||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||22||1:27.150||00.181|
|3||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||23||1:27.243||00.274|
|4||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||19||1:27.345||00.376|
|5||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||1:27.355||00.386|
|6||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||20||1:27.370||00.401|
|7||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||21||1:27.427||00.458|
|8||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||17||1:27.463||00.494|
|9||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||21||1:27.578||00.609|
|10||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||21||1:27.697||00.728|
|11||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||22||1:27.743||00.774|
|12||1||Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam||20||1:27.926||00.957|
|13||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||19||1:27.988||01.019|
|14||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||20||1:28.026||01.057|
|15||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||20||1:28.046||01.077|
|16||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||15||1:28.200||01.231|
|17||29||Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational||20||1:28.200||01.231|
|18||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||17||1:28.219||01.250|
|19||22||Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3||18||1:28.899||01.930|
|20||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||22||1:29.173||02.204|