Blomqvist Fastest in First Practice at the Nurburgring

Briton Tom Blomqvist was quickest in the first practice session of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship event at the Nurburgring. The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver set a best lap time of 1:23.217s to beat current championship leader Esteban Ocon by 0.051s.

Prema Powerteam driver Ocon will be looking to get back on track after suffering a non-scoring weekend last time out in Austria, but still holds a comfortable lead in the championship over Van Amersfoort Racing’s teenage sensation Max Verstappen. Verstappen, this week announced as the latest member of the Red Bull Junior driver programme, was fourth fastest, just behind Jake Dennis of Carlin.

Jordan King was fifth in the second Carlin ahead of Antonio Fuoco of Prema Powerteam, who took his second win of the season in race two at the Red Bull Ring two weeks ago.

Gustavo Menezes was seventh for Van Amersfoort Racing, ahead of the third Carlin entry of Ed Jones, while Dennis van de Laar was ninth for Prema Powerteam.

Felix Rosenqvist was the quickest of the Mucke Motorsport drivers in tenth, but Lucas Auer and Roy Nissany were thirteenth and fifteenth respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi, who won his maiden European Formula 3 race in Austria for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, had a dreadful session and finished down in twenty-third position, just behind series debutant Wing Chung Chang, who is making his first appearance for Team West-Tec F3 in place of Briton Hector Hurst.

The Fortec Motorsports team are absent from the event in Germany, with John Bryant-Meisner having left the team for another challenge elsewhere. Alfonso Celis Jr was scheduled to race in Germany but the team are not competing as they continue to investigate the issues that have caused them to be lacking in top speed compared to their rivals in recent races.

Nurburgring Practice 1 Times

1 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:23.217
2 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 1:23.268
3 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin 1:23.388
4 Max Verstappen GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:23.416
5 Jordan King GBR Carlin 1:23.655
6 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam 1:23.674
7 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1:23.760
8 Ed Jones UAE Carlin 1:23.773
9 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 1:23.896
10 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mucke Motorsport 1:24.068
11 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 1:24.095
12 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 1:24.113
13 Lucas Auer AUT Mucke Motorsport 1:24.119
14 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:24.349
15 Roy Nissany ISR Mucke Motorsport 1:24.507
16 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 1:24.567
17 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:24.614
18 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:24.649
19 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1:24.856
20 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational 1:25.083
21 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing 1:25.091
22 Wing Chung Chang MAC Team West-Tec F3 1:25.934
23 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:26.424
24 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing 1:32.167