Practice king David Beckmann was once again fastest in FIA Formula 3’s only practice before qualifying as Oscar Piastri hit problems and ended the session timeless.
Championship leader Piastri had his lead in the standings cut to seventeen points at the British Grand Prix and his weekend got off to the worst possible start as he pulled his PREMA off the track with a mechanical issue having not set a lap time.
Beckmann – who inherited victory in race two last week – was already secured as the fastest man of the session before he put in a late time of 1:45:195 to end the session a quarter of a second clear of the chasing pack.
That pack was led by Jack Doohan who had a torrid weekend in the first instalment of the Silverstone double and called for his HWA team to improve their one lap pace, mission accomplished.
Théo Pourchaire was perhaps quieter than anticipated a week ago but returned to form with the third fastest time ahead of Piastri’s closest challenger and teammate Logan Sargeant.
Liam Lawson won last week’s first race and showed more pace with the fifth fastest time despite accidentally blocking Alex Peroni when he Australian was on a hot lap.
With Doohan second, Jake Hughes sixth and Enzo Fittipaldi tenth HWA seemed to have their best session of the season so far after underwhelming so far.
Lirim Zendeli continued to back up his improvement from last season with seventh ahead of Frederik Vesti and Bent Viscaal.
David Schumacher may have only been twenty-ninth, but he did provide the most dramatic moment of the session as his Charouz car popped a rather impressive wheelie after he ran onto the exit kerb at Becketts.
|2||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||1:45:468|
|5||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1:45:570|
|6||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||1:45:667|
|9||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||1:45:964|
|10||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||1:45:985|
|12||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||1:46:063|
|16||Clément Novalak||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:46:104|
|18||Ben Barnicoat||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:46:122|
|20||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1:46:172|
|22||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||1:46:271|
|25||Cameron Das||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:46:563|
|27||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||1:47:033|
|30||Oscar Piastri||PREMA||NO TIME|