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“FIA F3: Marciello plays it cool during Hockenheim practice”

May 3, 2013

© FIA.

© FIA.

It is cool out, although nowhere near close to cold; just defiantly cool. It’s not even particularly fresh, but rather clammy – the faintly drab feel that comes with dour spring evenings.

Only this is not a spring evening, but ten minutes after two on a grey, drab and sterile Friday afternoon in south-west Germany.

That is not to say Hockenheim is not nice, it actually is – I’ve just seen it nicer on occasion, but on DTM practice day where the crowds have yet to congregate in their might, the Hockenheimring can feel a touch empty.

Then again, this is merely practice day. The twenty-nine Formula 3 drivers at the Baden-Württemberg circuit are far more concerned with dialling themselves into their cars and the conditions, than they are about putting on a show.

Some – Tom Blomqvist and Felix Rosenqvist for example – are ragged; throwing their Dallara F312’s hard into the stadium section – hard, fast and forceful.
On the other hand, there is someone like Raffaele Marciello, in this instance, who is visibly kinder, more willing to let his Prema Powerteam machine do the legwork. Reflecting upon this, the Italian commented, “Today we had a lot of grip at the start and so I was able to go faster and it was easier to make no mistake. When it is that smooth, I can go faster, because it all worked well.”

Marciello is a guide in his element and while his natural aggression still comes to the fore occasionally – as noted by a few wobbly entries – he appears, for the most part, to be at ease with his situation and that is something that should worry his rivals. Almost predictably, Marciello topped both free practice sessions…

Daniil Kvyat impressed during the 85 minutes. After only a brief test at Pembrey earlier in the week, the Russian stepped into the unfamiliar F3 machine and instantly began to show pace – and confidence. “It was really good. I was disadvantaged with the tyres, but I really enjoyed it so much – it’s an amazing car,” noted the reigning Formula Renault Alps champion.
Kvyat added, “It’s different – compared to the GP3 car, it has much less power, but in the corners it is much more stable and quicker, so it is a very good car for a driver. I managed to quite fast straight away – hopefully that will keep going.”

Stepping up to the plate in practice was Carlin rookie Jordan King, who at last appears to be delivering far more consistent laps, with melded sector times.
At Fortec, Felix Serralles is hoping for a better weekend. After a tough start to the season, the Puerto Rican believes that British squad are finally getting a handle on the somewhat unfamiliar Hankook rubber.
While the 20-year-old took 4th and 6th respectively in both sessions, his afternoon had something of a hic-cough when he lost part of his nosecone against the rear of a rival…

It will be a touch different this evening, when the cars take to the track for qualifying at 6pm.

2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship (Rd 3, Free Practice 1)
Pos  Driver              Team/Car                        Time       Gap
 1.  Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.082s
 2.  Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m34.298s  + 0.216s
 3.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.352s  + 0.270s
 4.  Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m34.587s  + 0.505s
 5.  Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.678s  + 0.596s
 6.  Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.700s  + 0.618s
 7.  Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.834s  + 0.752s
 8.  Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  1m34.845s  + 0.763s
 9.  Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          1m34.966s  + 0.884s
10.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           1m34.972s  + 0.890s
11.  Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.977s  + 0.895s
12.  Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               1m35.067s  + 0.985s
13.  Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m35.157s  + 1.075s
14.  Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               1m35.177s  + 1.095s
15.  Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m35.195s  + 1.113s
16.  Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m35.414s  + 1.332s
17.  Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       1m35.468s  + 1.386s
18.  Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               1m35.478s  + 1.396s
19.  Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       1m35.546s  + 1.464s
20.  Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m35.616s  + 1.534s
21.  Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               1m35.809s  + 1.727s
22.  Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               1m35.895s  + 1.813s
23.  Ed Jones            Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m35.898s  + 1.816s
24.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m35.927s  + 1.845s
25.  Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                1m35.966s  + 1.884s
26.  Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           1m36.756s  + 2.674s
27.  Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          1m36.873s  + 2.791s
28.  Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             1m37.203s  + 3.121s
29.  Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           1m37.349s  + 3.267s



2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship (Rd 3, Free Practice 2)
Pos  Driver              Team/Car                        Time       Gap
 1.  Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              1m33.941s
 2.  Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.019s  + 0.078s
 3.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.041s  + 0.100s
 4.  Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               1m34.206s  + 0.265s
 5.  Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.212s  + 0.271s
 6.  Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m34.322s  + 0.381s
 7.  Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m34.373s  + 0.432s
 8.  Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.494s  + 0.553s
 9.  Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.543s  + 0.602s
10.  Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m34.543s  + 0.602s
11.  Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       1m34.625s  + 0.684s
12.  Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m34.647s  + 0.706s
13.  Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               1m34.675s  + 0.734s
14.  Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  1m34.753s  + 0.812s
15.  Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          1m34.798s  + 0.857s
16.  Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       1m34.812s  + 0.871s
17.  Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              1m34.833s  + 0.892s
18.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m34.846s  + 0.905s
19.  Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              1m34.949s  + 1.008s
20.  Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               1m35.192s  + 1.251s
21.  Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m35.403s  + 1.462s
22.  Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               1m35.406s  + 1.465s
23.  Ed Jones            Fortec Dallara-Merc             1m35.625s  + 1.684s
24.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           1m35.829s  + 1.888s
25.  Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                1m35.855s  + 1.914s
26.  Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          1m36.012s  + 2.071s
27.  Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           1m36.213s  + 2.272s
28.  Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             1m36.256s  + 2.315s
29.  Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           1m36.635s  + 2.694s
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