Lando Norris leads Eurocup practice at Monaco

Lando Norris - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lando Norris marked his first appearance around the streets of Monaco with the fastest time of the one and only Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series free practice session on Friday.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing driver and current championship leader set the fastest time of the morning with a lap of 1:32.178, set after the session was interrupted by a crash at the Swimming Pool complex by Gabriel Aubry.

The championship is making its own first appearance around the legendary street circuit this weekend, with one race set for Sunday morning, a prelude to the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

Norris was three-tenths of a second clear of the field with Ferdinand Habsburg, fresh off a double podium finish in EuroFormula Open last weekend, second fastest for Fortec Motorsports.

Tech 1 Racing saw two of their drivers inside the top four, with Sacha Fenestraz third ahead of team-mate Dorian Boccolacci, while R-ace GP were fifth and sixth fastest, Will Palmer ahead of Max Defourny by just 0.018s.

Henrique Chaves was seventh for AVF ahead of Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Jehan Daruvala, while Bruno Baptista was ninth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of the crashed Aubry of Tech 1 Racing.

Harrison Scott will be disappointed to be down in eleventh for AVF after two podium finishes in the season opener at Motorland Aragon, with the Briton just ahead of AVF team-mate Nikita Mazepin, who is making his first Eurocup appearance of the season in between racing for Hitech GP in European Formula 3.

Qualifying for Sunday’s race takes place early on Saturday morning.

Ferdinand Habsburg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd
Ferdinand Habsburg – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Monaco Free Practice Times

12Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing1:32.178
262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports1:32.482
311Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing1:32.502
49Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing1:32.710
514Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP1:33.007
633Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP1:33.025
721Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles1:33.315
81Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing1:33.435
96Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports1:33.686
1012Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing1:33.947
1122Harrison ScottGBRAVF by Adrian Valles1:34.012
1223Nikita MazepinRUSAVF by Adrian Valles1:34.138
1316Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP1:34.283
1430Rodrigo PfluckerPERCram Motorsport1:34.321
1517Alexey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport1:34.453
163Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing1:34.629
175Vasily RomanovRUSFortec Motorsports1:34.712
1818James AllenAUSJD Motorsport1:34.845
1910Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing1:34.974
2038David PorcelliUSAMGR Motorsport1:36.292
2135Alessandro PerulloITATechnorace1:36.319
2224Petru FlorescuROMAVF by Adrian Valles1:36.578
2331David RichertCANCram Motorsport1:40.693