Dienst Tops Hockenheim Practice as Rivals Struggle


ADAC Formula 4 Championship leader Marvin Dienst has put himself in the best possible position going into the weekend after he topped both practice sessions ahead of his HTP Junior team mate Janneau Esmeijer. The result means Dienst will be favourite to take pole this afternoon.

Having gone into the weekend with a 30 point advantage, Dienst just needed a fairly strong weekend as to defend his position at the top. However; the result ensures the German will look to end the year on a high as he looks for his first racing title.

The HTP Junior Team drivers of Dienst and Esmeijer were the the only drivers to break the 1 minute 41 second barrier, as both drivers looked hooked up to the circuit in the first session.

The points leader was unable to beat his best of 1:40.540 but will be confident in the fact that no other driver, bar his team mate, was able to get within 0.7 seconds over the two twenty minute sessions.

Behind the pair in the overall times was David Beckmann who lined up as best of the rest in both sessions with a time of 1:41.297. However, he will be relived as he got to within a tenth of a second in the final session as he looks to secure the rookie championship this weekend.

Making his return to the series was Lando Norris in fourth overall. The British driver had a tough first session, only managing seventh, but finally found his feet by the middle of the day. His time allowed him to narrowly beat Michael Waldherr who performed consistently throughout.

While behind them, Tim Zimmermann showed pace in the early part of the first session to line up in sixth overall. With points rival Robert Shwartzman not competing this weekend, this is a good opportunity for the German to pick up his first win and collect fourth in the standings.

It wasn’t so promising for the championship contenders though. Both failed to make major inroads with Joey Mawson only managing ninth overall and Joel Eriksson further back, having not set a competitive time in second practice until the dying moments.