Norris and Hughes lead the way in Hockenheim practice

Lando Norris - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lando Norris led the way in his first ever FIA European Formula 3 Championship session as Carlin topped both free practice sessions at the Hockenheimring on Friday.

Double Formula Renault 2.0 champion Norris is making his bow in European Formula 3 this weekend as a prelude to a full campaign in 2017, and set the pace in the first of the two forty-minutes sessions with a times of 1:32.404, while fellow debutant Jake Hughes was quickest in the second session with a time of 1:32.361.

Carlin have missed the past two races after Alessio Lorandi and Ryan Tveter called time on their seasons, but the team will be delighted to show competitiveness on their return, with Norris, Hughes and Daniel Ticktum all using the event to qualify for the Macau Grand Prix.

David Beckmann was second quickest in the first session for Mücke Motorsport, 0.225 seconds down on Norris, with Callum Ilott third for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Hughes and Anthoine Hubert.

2016 champion Lance Stroll was sixth for Prema Powerteam ahead of team-mates Ralf Aron and Maximilian Günther, while Ben Barnicoat of Hitech GP and Joel Eriksson of Motopark completed the top ten.

Stroll was second behind Hughes in the second session by just 0.038 seconds, with Russell, Eriksson and Günther ahead of Norris. Nick Cassidy placed seventh for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ilott, while Motopark’s Red Bull-backed duo Niko Kari and Sergio Sette Câmara completed the top ten.

Hockenheimring Free Practice 1 Result

14Lando NorrisGBRCarlin1:32.404
28David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1:32.629
36Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:32.685
418Jake HughesGBRCarlin1:32.730
521Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1:32.868
61Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1:33.006
716Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1:33.031
817Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1:33.094
924Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1:33.138
1022Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1:33.149
119Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1:33.189
1212George RussellGBRHitech GP1:33.211
1311Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1:33.273
1425Alexander SimsGBRHitech GP1:33.287
1520Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:33.332
163Daniel TicktumGBRCarlin1:33.528
172Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1:33.580
1823Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1:33.660
197Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1:33.825
2010Niko KariFINMotopark1:33.925
215Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1:34.076
2214Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport1:34.610

Hockenheimring Free Practice 2 Result

118Jake HughesGBRCarlin1:32.361
21Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1:32.399
312George RussellGBRHitech GP1:32.484
422Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1:32.523
517Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1:32.574
64Lando NorrisGBRCarlin1:32.644
72Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1:32.667
86Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:32.747
910Niko KariFINMotopark1:32.777
109Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1:32.790
1111Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1:32.820
123Daniel TicktumGBRCarlin1:32.857
1320Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:32.950
1423Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1:32.989
1516Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1:32.991
1625Alexander SimsGBRHitech GP1:33.005
178David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1:33.026
187Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1:33.142
1924Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1:33.233
2021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1:33.269
2114Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport1:35.595
225Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort RacingNo Time