Charles Leclerc fastest in Norisring practice

Current European Formula 3 Championship leader Charles Leclerc was quickest in practice ahead of this weekend’s races at the Norisring in Germany.

The practice sessions were divided into two sections due to the high number of entrants this weekend, with Van Amersfoort Racing driver Leclerc setting the best time of the day of 48.704s in his second session, just ahead of Signature driver Alexander Albon.

Antonio Giovinazzi was third quickest for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin ahead of Felix Rosenqvist of Prema Powerteam, with the top four times being set out of the Group consisting of the odd-numbered cars (plus Matt Rao of Fortec Motorsports).

The leading runner from the even-numbered group was the second Signature of Dorian Boccolacci, which was enough to see him fifth quickest overall, just ahead of Mikkel Jensen in the leading of the Mücke Motorsport entries.

Lance Stroll was seventh quickest for Prema Powerteam, with the Canadian looking to put his troubled weekends at Monza and Spa-Francorchamps behind him this weekend in Germany; Stroll was banned for race three in Belgium last weekend following a number of high profile on-track clashes.

George Russell was eighth quickest for Carlin, ahead of Brandon Maisano of Prema Powerteam, while Ryan Tveter of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin completed the top ten.

Only thirty-two entries are racing at the Norisring this weekend, with EuroInternational still absent, while Hongwei Cao is not racing for Fortec Motorsports, meaning the original four-car entry for the team is now down to two for Rao and Pietro Fittipaldi.

Norisring Free Practice Times (Combined)

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing49.078s48.704s
221Alexander AlbonTHASignature49.490s48.757s
33Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin49.164s48.796s
41Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam49.130s48.831s
520Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature49.766s48.916s
627Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport49.551s49.073s
725Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam49.529s49.095s
810George RussellGBRCarlin49.670s49.109s
924Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam50.060s49.113s
1026Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin49.499s49.115s
118Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing49.374s49.129s
125Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport49.610s49.165s
139Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin49.774s49.187s
142Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam49.351s49.244s
1523Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark49.292s49.315s
1622Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark49.852s49.294s
1734Markus PommerGERMotopark49.542s49.304s
1829Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing49.334s
1928Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport49.368s49.374s
2030Callum IlottGBRCarlin49.575s49.370s
214Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin50.096s49.374s
2211Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F349.950s49.399s
2335Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport50.273s49.434s
2419Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing49.975s49.444s
2512Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports49.936s49.477s
2636Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark49.801s49.509s
2718Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing50.147s49.564s
286Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport50.206s49.620s
2917Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport49.667s49.648s
3014Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports50.328s49.902s
3133Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark51.329s50.356s
3238Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F350.511s50.396s