European Formula 3

Norris and Hughes lead the way in Hockenheim practice

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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

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Hockenheimring Free Practice 2 Result

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