Van Amersfoort Racing lead the way in Pau Practice

With the Pau circuit in France being so tight and with so many entries for this season’s FIA European Formula 3 Championship, free practice was split into two sections, with odd and even numbered cars having two twenty-minute sessions each.

Group A was for the even numbered cars, with a wet track greeting the competitors, and it was Charles Leclerc who set the pace in a Van Amersfoort Racing 1-2 ahead of Arjun Maini, while Santino Ferrucci was third for Mücke Motorsport.

Alexander Albon was fourth in the first session for Signature, while Canadian Lance Stroll completed the top five in the leading Prema Powerteam entry ahead of team-mate Felix Rosenqvist and Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

For Group B, it was Jake Dennis who set the pace for Prema Powerteam, ahead of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s Gustavo Menezes, while Alessio Lorandi of Van Amersfoort Racing was third.

Maximilian Günther ended fourth for Mücke Motorsport, with the third Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine of Ryan Tveter fifth ahead of George Russell’s Carlin.

The track was drier for the second session for Group A, with Maini ending the twenty-minute session on top ahead of Leclerc, with Giovinazzi third ahead of Albon and Rosenqvist.

Lorandi was the star of Group B, with the Italian more than a second clear of the rest of the field, and it meant Van Amersfoort Racing topped three of the four practice sessions. Markus Pommer of Motopark was second quickest, ahead of Dennis, while Menezes and Pietro Fittipaldi of Fortec Motorsports completed the top five.

Sergio Sette Camara and Mahaveer Raghunathan both crashed their Motopark machines during practice, while Carlin’s Callum Ilott, Double R Racing’s Nicolas Pohler, EuroInternational’s debutant Gustav Malja and Menezes also came to grief.

Only thirty-four drivers took to the track for practice, with Fortec Motorsports’ Zhi Cong Li withdrawing from the event as he has had to fly back to China to be with his ill father, while Nicolas Beer did not recover from his Hockenheim injuries in time to return to his EuroInternational drive.

Pau Free Practice 1 (Group A)

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m23.913s
229Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m24.878s
35Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m25.398s
421Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m25.527s
525Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m25.576s
61Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m25.831s
73Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m26.343s
827Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m26.823s
911Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m27.073s
1017Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m27.233s
119Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m27.263s
1231Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports1m27.636s
1323Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m27.677s
1419Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m28.289s
1535Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m28.464s
1616Gustav MaljaSWEEuroInternational1m28.701s
1734Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m29.265s

Pau Free Practice 1 (Group B)

12Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m23.450s
24Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m23.744s
38Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m23.813s
428Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m23.892s
526Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m24.022s
610George RussellGBRCarlin1m24.159s
734Markus PommerGERMotopark1m24.264s
812Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m24.478s
920Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m24.509s
106Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m24.712s
1122Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m25.004s
1224Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m25.008s
1336Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m25.446s
1438Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m25.698s
1514Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m26.284s
1618Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m29.489s
1730Callum IlottGBRCarlin4m58.055s

Pau Free Practice 2 (Group A)

129Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m19.736s
27Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m19.982s
33Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m20.168s
421Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m20.599s
51Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m20.793s
65Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m21.031s
725Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m21.149s
827Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m21.246s
99Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m21.741s
1031Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports1m21.911s
1119Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m22.014s
1235Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m22.065s
1317Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m23.049s
1411Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m23.663s
1516Gustav MaljaSWEEuroInternational1m25.047s
1623Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotoparkNo Time
1734Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotoparkNo Time

Paul Free Practice 2 (Group B)

18Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m19.353s
234Markus PommerGERMotopark1m20.459s
32Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m20.537s
44Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m20.544s
512Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m20.630s
624Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m20.777s
738Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m20.982s
86Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m21.088s
928Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m21.232s
1020Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m21.540s
1126Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m21.566s
1210George RussellGBRCarlin1m21.889s
1330Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m22.072s
1422Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m22.159s
1514Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m22.212s
1636Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m22.581s
1718Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m24.978s