Ferdinand Habsburg topped the first practice session of the 2018 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season, but it was Mick Schumacher that set the overall pace in the second session around the streets of Pau on Friday.
Habsburg set the pace in between the Pau barriers with a best lap of 1:10.950s, with the Carlin Motorsport driver ending 0.128 seconds ahead of Daniel Ticktum of Motopark, while the leading rookie was Robert Shwartzman in third for Prema Theodore Racing, with the Ferrari Driver Academy star a further 0.026 seconds behind the Red Bull-backed Briton.
Shwartzman led a trio of Prema drivers, with Ralf Aron fourth ahead of Schumacher, while Carlin’s Sacha Fenestraz was sixth ahead of Motopark’s Jonathan Aberdein and Prema’s Marcus Armstrong as the top eight were covered by less than half a second.
Devlin DeFrancesco ended the session ninth for Carlin, while Motopark’s Jüri Vips rounded out the top ten ahead of Guan Yu Zhou and Jehan Daruvala.
Schumacher was the pacesetter in the second session with a best time of 1:09.970s, which was 0.236 seconds clear of Ticktum, who again rounded out the session in second, while Prema’s Zhou had a much improved second session to end up third ahead of team-mates Shwartzman and Aron.
Vips ended sixth ahead of Carlin’s Daruvala and Habsburg, while Armstrong and Aberdein completed the top ten ahead of Motopark’s Fabio Scherer and Hitech Grand Prix’s Alex Palou.
Pau Free Practice 1 Result
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Pau Free Practice 2 Result
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