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“FIA F3: Rosenqvist and Auer head practice times”

May 17, 2013

Auer on top at Brands. © FIA.

Auer on top at Brands. © FIA.

Felix Rosenqvist and Lucas Auer topped the time sheets of this morning’s European Formula 3 free practice sessions at Brands Hatch.

Running on the much-lamented “Indy circuit”, Rosenqvist (Mücke) made the most of the cool conditions to register 35 laps in the opening forty-minute run, with a best tour of 41.570s.

The Swede swapped the mixed it at the top of board with Prema Powerteam pairing Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello and Carlin’s Jordan King. Sven Muller set the early pace in the session, as cars ventured out onto the cool track for the first time.

Auer went three-tenths quicker in the second free practice session, setting a best of 41.276s, garnering a 0.049s gap over Marciello. Rosenqvist went two-tenths quicker than his earlier time, but dropped to 3rd, while Mans Grenhagen showed improved late pace to scoop 4th spot.

The sessions were relatively quiet, although an off for Lynn at Clearways ended the opening session a few minutes earlier. Jann Mardenborough suffered a brief off through Paddock Hill Bend, but survived without damage.

Meanwhile Daniil Kvyat signed a deal to race with Carlin over the remainder of the European F3 season, alongside his GP3 drive with Arden. The Romeo Ferraris team return to the Formula 3 paddock with Michele Cerruti, following their absence from the Hockenheimring.
Fortec have reduced their weekend package back down to three cars, following Ed Jones’ guest appearance in the previous round. It means the field comes in at 29 entries – this was initially an issue due the Indy circuit’s limitation to 28 slots; however, that issue has since been bypassed and all 29 drives will start.

2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 4, Free Practice 1)
Pos  Driver              Team/Car                        Time       Gap
 1.  Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              41.570s
 2.  Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              41.612s  + 0.042s
 3.  Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              41.687s  + 0.117s
 4.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               41.710s  + 0.140s
 5.  Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  41.741s  + 0.171s
 6.  Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               41.844s  + 0.273s
 7.  Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             41.848s  + 0.278s
 8.  Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       41.898s  + 0.328s
 9.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           41.902s  + 0.332s
10.  Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              41.902s  + 0.332s
11.  Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               41.930s  + 0.360s
12.  Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               41.934s  + 0.364s
13.  Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              42.001s  + 0.431s
14.  Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               42.034s  + 0.464s
15.  Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              42.049s  + 0.479s
16.  Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             42.136s  + 0.566s
17.  Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          42.141s  + 0.571s
18.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              42.268s  + 0.698s
19.  Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       42.278s  + 0.708s
20.  Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                42.331s  + 0.761s
21.  Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               42.398s  + 0.828s
22.  Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          42.467s  + 0.897s
23.  Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              42.566s  + 0.996s
24.  Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               42.676s  + 1.106s
25.  Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           42.784s  + 1.214s
26.  Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           42.879s  + 1.309s
27.  Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             43.880s  + 1.310s
28.  Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             43.074s  + 1.504s
29.  Michela Cerruti     Romeo Ferraris Dallara-Merc     44.298s  + 2.728s


2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 4, Free Practice 2)
Pos  Driver              Team/Car                        Time       Gap
 1.  Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              41.276s  
 2.  Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc              41.325s  + 0.049s
 3.  Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc              41.348s  + 0.072s
 4.  Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       41.450s  + 0.174s
 5.  Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc             41.468s  + 0.192s
 6.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               41.469s  + 0.193s
 7.  Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc              41.470s  + 0.194s
 8.  Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc  41.478s  + 0.202s
 9.  Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       41.532s  + 0.256s
10.  Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc              41.560s  + 0.284s
11.  Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW               41.596s  + 0.320s
12.  Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             41.601s  + 0.325s
13.  Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          41.603s  + 0.327s
14.  Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW               41.613s  + 0.337s
15.  Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                41.654s  + 0.378s
16.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           41.672s  + 0.396s
17.  Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               41.683s  + 0.407s
18.  Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               41.723s  + 0.447s
19.  Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               41.837s  + 0.561s
20.  Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             41.874s  + 0.615s
21.  Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              41.891s  + 0.686s
22.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              41.962s  + 0.748s
23.  Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          42.024s  + 0.790s
24.  Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              42.066s  + 0.916s
25.  Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               42.192s  + 1.740s
26.  Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc           42.385s  + 1.109s
27.  Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           42.646s  + 1.370s
28.  Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             42.755s  + 1.479s
29.  Michela Cerruti     Romeo Ferraris Dallara-Merc     43.815s  + 2.539s
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