Rosenqvist tops Red Bull Ring Practice

by Paul Hensby

Championship contender Felix Rosenqvist was quickest in practice as the FIA European Formula 3 Championship arrived at the Red Bull Ring for the eighth round of the season.

The Swedish Prema Powerteam driver ended both sessions on Friday at the Austrian circuit on top, with the second segment proving to be the quickest for everyone.

Rosenqvist’s FP2 time of 1m24.541s was 0.079s quicker than Van Amersfoort Racing’s Charles Leclerc, while Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jake Dennis was the only other driver to get a time within the 1m24s bracket, again for Prema Powerteam.

Markus Pommer, who took his maiden series victory last time out at Zandvoort, was fourth quickest for Motopark, just ahead of Carlin driver George Russell, while Prema Powerteam’s Lance Stroll was sixth quickest.

Mikkel Jensen was the only Mücke Motorsport driver to set a top-ten time during the afternoon session, ending seventh fastest, with Carlin’s Red Bull-backed Callum Ilott eighth ahead of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin duo Gustavo Menezes and Antonio Giovinazzi, who heads into the weekend as the championship leader.

In the earlier session, Rosenqvist had set the best time of 1m25.326s ahead of Dennis and Stroll, with Giovinazzi fourth ahead of Alexander Albon of Signature. Prema Powerteam’s fourth driver Brandon Maisano was sixth ahead of Pommer, with Mücke Motorsport’s Maximilian Günther eighth ahead of Leclerc and Jensen.

Debutant Matheus Leist, stepping from racing in MSA Formula for this weekend in place of the injured Nicolas Pohler at Double R Racing, ended the day thirty-second fastest.

Red Bull Ring Combined Practice Times

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m25.326s1m24.541s
27Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m26.362s1m24.620s
32Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m25.410s1m24.805s
434Markus PommerGERMotopark1m26.238s1m25.025s
510George RussellGBRCarlin1m27.076s1m25.057s
625Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m25.617s1m25.102s
727Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m26.452s1m25.152s
830Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m26.769s1m25.215s
94Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m26.553s1m25.232s
103Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m25.677s1m25.291s
1124Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m26.183s1m25.354s
1228Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m26.361s1m25.401s
1321Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m25.887s1m25.447s
149Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m26.586s1m25.469s
1523Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m26.569s1m25.516s
1636Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m26.863s1m25.655s
1711Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m28.680s1m25.724s
1820Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m26.741s1m25.797s
1912Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m27.138s1m25.834s
208Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m26.859s1m25.913s
216Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m26.579s1m25.936s
2229Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m26.880s1m25.991s
2319Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m27.320s1m26.041s
245Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m26.866s1m26.064s
2522Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m27.038s1m26.089s
2617Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m27.535s1m26.417s
2735Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m28.201s1m26.422s
2838Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m26.573s1m26.466s
2931Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports1m27.793s1m26.520s
3014Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m28.124s1m26.718s
3133Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m29.814s1m26.992s
3218Matheus LeistBRZDouble R Racing1m28.462s1m27.277s
3326Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m27.655sNo Time
3432Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports1m29.735s1m27.748s

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