Impressive Ocon Tops Both Hungaroring Practice Sessions


Championship leader Esteban Ocon continued to impress during his rookie FIA European Formula 3 Championship season by posting the quickest time in both free practice sessions ahead of this weekends round in Hungary.

In the morning session, the Prema Powerteam driver was the only driver to dip underneath a 1:37s lap time, setting a 1:36.881. Second place went to Ocon’s closest championship rival at present Tom Blomqvist in the leading Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine, with the Briton 0.255s adrift.

Another rookie that continues to impress is Max Verstappen who posted the third fastest time in the morning session for his Van Amersfoort Racing outfit, ahead of a third rookie in the form of Ferrari Driver Academy driver Antonio Fuoco. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi in the second Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine rounded out the top five.

In the afternoon session, the lap times were significantly faster as the Hungaroring track cleaned up, but it was Ocon once again who set the pace. He was the only driver this time to set a time under 1:36s, with his best lap of 1:35.801s was 0.224s ahead of Mucke Motorsport’s Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist in second.

Fuoco, Blomqvist and Verstappen completed the top five. With qualifying for the first race of the weekend taking place later today, Ocon will certainly be the one to beat as he aims to extend his 57 point championship lead.

Hungaroring Free Practice 1 Results (Top 10)

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:36.881
2 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.136
3 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:37.403
4 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:37.532
5 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:37.569
6 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:37.739
7 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:37.926
8 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:38.117
9 Felix Serralles USA Team West-Tec F3 1:38.137
10 Roy Nissany ISR Mucke Motorsport 1:38.186

 

Hungaroring Free Practice 2 Results (Top 10)

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:35.801
2 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mucke Motorsport 1:36.025
3 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:36.329
4 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:36.472
5 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.522
6 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.584
7 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:36.612
8 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:36.620
9 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:36.632
10 Seal Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:36.932