Giovinazzi Fastest in both Red Bull Ring Practice Sessions


Italian Antonio Giovinazzi was back on form as the FIA European Formula 3 Championship arrived in Austria. The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver had been off the pace in recent rounds but ended up fastest in both practice sessions at the Red Bull Ring.

Jake Dennis outlined the pace that Carlin have this weekend by posting the second fastest time in the opening session, just ahead of championship leader Esteban Ocon of Prema Powerteam. 0.027s covered the top three drivers in practice one.

Briton Tom Blomqvist was fourth for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, ahead of two more Prema Powerteam drivers Antonio Fuoco and Dennis van de Laar, while Jordan King of Carlin and Nicolas Latifi of Prema Powerteam were seventh and eighth.

The Mücke Motorsport duo of Lucas Auer and Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top ten and were the first non-Carlin or Prema drivers in the opening session, which Max Verstappen, impressive throughout his debut year in single seater cars, was only eleventh for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Giovinazzi once again led the way in session two, with Ocon his closest competitor this time around ahead of Dennis. King improved to fourth ahead of Verstappen and Blomqvist, while van de Laar and Fuoco were seventh and eighth.

Ed Jones was ninth quickest in session two for Carlin on his return to the series from the back injury he suffered in a crash at Pau, while Auer placed tenth.

GP3 Series driver Alfonso Celis Jr is making his debut in the series this weekend for Fortec Motorsports, replacing Mitch Gilbert, while Double R Racing are absent after failing to find a driver to replace Felipe Guimaraes, who has left the team.

Red Bull Ring Practice 1 Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:25.843
2 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:25.867
3 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:25.870
4 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:26.014
5 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:26.074
6 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:26.275
7 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:26.278
8 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:26.377
9 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 1:26.488
10 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 1:26.488
11 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:26.646
12 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:26.809
13 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:26.823
14 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:26.845
15 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 1:26.934
16 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport 1:27.044
17 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing 1:27.051
18 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:27.078
19 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec F3 1:27.150
20 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:27.163
21 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:27.182
22 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational 1:27.315
23 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:27.379
24 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:27.407
25 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsports 1:27.757
26 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Fortec Motorsports 1:28.259

Red Bull Ring Practice 2 Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:25.347
2 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:25.441
3 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:25.486
4 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:25.526
5 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:25.638
6 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:25.837
7 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:25.858
8 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:25.877
9 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:25.962
10 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 1:25.983
11 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport 1:26.051
12 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:26.102
13 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 1:26.112
14 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:26.141
15 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 1:26.147
16 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:26.189
17 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:26.313
18 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational 1:26.421
19 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:26.459
20 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:26.481
21 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:26.610
22 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Fortec Motorsports 1:26.943
23 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec F3 1:26.952
24 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:27.171
25 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing 1:27.273
26 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsports 1:27.457