Formula 3

Zendeli sets the pace in F3 practice again

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

For the second weekend in a row, it was a Trident driver who topped the FIA Formula 3 practice session as Lirim Zendeli pipped his teammate David Beckmann by 0.008s to the top time.

Zendeli was quick last week when he qualified on the front row for the opening race of the season and backed up his pace at a track he loves.

A late virtual safety car for a splattered DRS board courtesy of third Trident Olli Caldwell at turn 10 meant the final two minutes saw everyone improving lap times in a qualifying sim shootout.

Behind the Trident duo came more of last week’s leading drivers, Alex Peroni was third where he finished in race one of the season ahead of the lead PREMA Frederik Vesti.

Aleksandr Smolyar impressed despite having laps deleted for track limits ended the session fifth from PREMA duo Logan Sargeant and championship leader Oscar Piastri.

Fastest qualifier last weekend was Sebastián Fernández who ended eighth from two driver with contrasting experiecnes of Macau. GP winner Richard Verschoor was ninth from Sophia Floersch who had the crash of her career on the famous streets in 2018.

Worrying times for Max Fewtrell and Hitech GP as the Brit stopped on track briefly at turn seven before being stuck in the pits for longer than he’d have liked with technical issues. He could only manage 24th with the best Hitech car being Liam Lawson in 13th.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Lirim ZendeliTrident1:19:994
2David BeckmannTrident1:20:002
3Alex PeroniCampos1:20:037
4Frederik VestiPREMA1:20:206
5Aleksandr SmolyarART1:20:256
6Logan SargeantPREMA1:20:324
7Oscar PiastriPREMA1:20:512
8Sebastián FernándezART1:20:544
9Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:20:549
10Sophia FloerschCampos1:20:663
11Olli CaldwellTrident1:20:694
12Théo PourchaireART1:20:762
13Liam LawsonHitech GP1:20:783
14David SchumacherCharouz1:20:823
15Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport1:20:855
16Calan WilliamsJenzer1:20:875
17Jake HughesHWA Racelab1:20:909
18Igor FragaCharouz1:20:920
19Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing1:20:996
20Roman StanekCharouz1:21:017
21Jack DoohanHWA Racelab1:21:024
22Federico MalvestitiJenzer1:21:042
23Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab1:21:047
24Max FewtrellHitech GP1:21:101
25Matteo NanniniJenzer1:21:106
26Clément NovalakCarlin Buzz Racing1:21:173
27Dennis HaugerHitech GP1:21:214
28Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport1:21:229
29Enaam AhmedCarlin Buzz Racing1:21:342
30Alessio DeleddaCampos1:21:769
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