Brits lead the way in Portimao practice

Callum Ilott and Jake Dennis each topped a session as the Portimao weekend of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship got underway on Friday morning with two forty-minute practice sessions.

Red Bull-backed Carlin driver Ilott was quickest in the first session before Racing Steps Foundation-backed Dennis led the way in the second session for Prema Powerteam.

Ilott set a time of 1m42.122s in session one, 0.057s faster than Motopark’s Sergio Sette Camara, while series returnee Nick Cassidy ended third for Prema Powerteam.

Motopark’s Markus Pommer was fourth ahead of Gustavo Menezes of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, while Dennis was sixth ahead of his team-mate Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Albon of Signature.

British drivers George Russell and Sam MacLeod completed the top ten for Carlin and Motopark respectively.

Dennis set the pace in session two with a time of 1m42.101s, with Rosenqvist this time second ahead of current championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin third.

Pommer was again fourth ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Lance Stroll, with MacLeod in sixth ahead of Mücke Motorsport’s Maximilian Günther, while Albon, Ilott and Sette Camara completed the top ten.

Portimao Free Practice Session Times

12Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m42.391s1m42.101s
230Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m42.122s1m42.520s
31Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m42.433s1m42.164s
423Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m42.179s1m42.570s
524Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m42.248s1m42.817s
634Markus PommerGERMotopark1m42.324s1m42.395s
74Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.336s1m42.945s
83Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m42.926s1m42.386s
925Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m42.721s1m42.418s
1021Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m42.445s1m42.517s
1110George RussellGBRCarlin1m42.499s1m42.758s
1236Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m42.620s1m42.508s
1328Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m43.148s1m42.512s
1429Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m42.862s1m42.618s
1522Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m42.738s1m42.670s
1620Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m42.679s1m43.045s
1717Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m42.681s1m43.933s
188Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m42.684s1m42.748s
197Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m42.785s1m42.702s
2012Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m42.735s1m43.050s
2139Alexander SimsGBRHitech Grand Prix1m42.760s1m42.833s
225Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m42.850s1m43.243s
2327Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m42.908s1m42.997s
2438Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m42.999s1m43.061s
256Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m43.194s1m43.060s
2626Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m43.145s1m43.112s
2719Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m43.350s1m43.258s
2814Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m43.433s1m43.487s
2931Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports1m43.702s1m43.472s
309Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m43.493s1m43.476s
3133Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m43.480s1m43.766s
3232Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports1m43.692s1m44.245s