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“FIA F3: Verstappen and Ocon head practice at Pau”

May 9, 2014

Ocon (Prema Powerteam) was fastest in FP2. ©  FIA.

Ocon (Prema Powerteam) was fastest in FP2. © FIA.

Max Verstappen (van Amersfoort Racing) and Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) headed the two FIA European F3 practice sessions at Pau today.

Verstappen emerged on top of the morning session, with Ocon giving close company. With precious little useful rubber down on the greasy track, Verstappen secured a best of 1:11.298 – just over one-tenth clear of his French rival, although it was Ocon who spent much of the timed session on top.

It all began to change in the latter part of practice one. As temperatures rose and more Hankook rubber papered the temporary circuit, times began to fall, allowing Mucke’s Felix Rosenqvist to head the table for a period.

Thereafter both Ocon and Verstappen increased their pace, with the Dutch teenager heading the field as the chequered flag drew. Eventually Rosenqvist fell to 3rd, followed by Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam / Carlin).
Thinking upon the session, Rosenqvist noted: ‘It’s less about the car here and more about the driver. I think we’re all running much softer suspension and higher downforce, so it evens out.’
Lucas Auer’s (Mucke Motorsport) best of 1:11.904 brought the Austrian into the top five, with Mitch Gilbert (Fortec) braking into the top six.

Ocon jumped Verstappen in the times for the second session with a best of 1:10.686, with the Prema man proving 0.171s quicker than his van Amersfoort rival.
Like the morning, Ocon and Verstappen clung to the peak for much of the session; however fewer laps were registered due to a red flag when Michele Beretta planted his EuroInternational machine into the barriers hard at Pont Oscar. ‘It’s getting better race-by-race,’ said Beretta. He continued: ‘I have a good teammate in Riccardo [Agostini], so the information is good. I went well in P1, but then made a mistake in P2…’
Rosenqvist maintained his 3rd place in the standings, but this time Auer took 4th ahead of Carlin dup Jake Dennis and Blomqvist.

It was a difficult opening session for Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) and Roy Nissany (Mücke Motorsport), both of whom crashed out; Fuoco at the slow Pont Oscar corner and Nissany after he got loose at the Virage de la Gare. Neither took part in the afternoon running.

...while Verstappen topped the morning times. © FIA.

…while Verstappen topped the morning times. © FIA.

2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 3, Free Practice 1, Pau)
Pos Driver               Team              Time / Gap
 1. Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen       1:11.298
 2. Esteban Ocon         Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +0.125
 3. Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke-Mercedes                    +0.289
 4. Tom Blomqvist        Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +0.365
 5. Lucas Auer           Mucke-Mercedes                    +0.606
 6. Mitch Gilbert        Fortec-Mercedes                   +0.779
 7. Jordan King          Carlin-Volkswagen                 +0.799
 8. Antonio Giovinazzi   Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +0.936
 9. Dennis van de Laar   Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +0.952
10. Nicholas Latifi      Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +0.990
11. Jake Dennis          Carlin-Volkswagen                 +1.023
12. Ed Jones             Carlin-Volkswagen                 +1.040
13. Riccardo Agostini    EuroInternational-Mercedes        +1.201
14. Felipe Guimaraes     Double R-Mercedes                 +1.333
15. Spike Goddard        ThreeBond T-Sport-NBE             +1.374
16. Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen         +1.591
17. John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec-Mercedes                   +1.605
18. Alexander Toril      ThreeBond T-Sport-NBE             +1.685
19. Sean Gelael          Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +1.711
20. Gustavo Menezes      Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen         +1.747
21. Roy Nissany          Mucke-Mercedes                    +1.750
22. Michele Beretta      EuroInternational-Mercedes        +1.868
23. Felix Serralles      West-Tec-Mercedes                 +1.973
24. Antonio Fuoco        Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +2.270
25. Hector Hurst         West-Tec-Mercedes                 +2.535
26. Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller-Mercedes                +2.639
2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 3, Free Practice 2, Pau)
Pos Driver               Team              Time / Gap
 1. Esteban Ocon         Prema Powerteam-Mercedes        1:10.688
 2. Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen         +0.171
 3. Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke-Mercedes                    +0.262
 4. Lucas Auer           Mucke-Mercedes                    +0.395
 5. Jake Dennis          Carlin-Volkswagen                 +0.604
 6. Tom Blomqvist        Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +0.697
 7. Ed Jones             Carlin-Volkswagen                 +0.746
 8. Jordan King          Carlin-Volkswagen                 +0.766
 9. Riccardo Agostini    EuroInternational-Mercedes        +0.773
10. Mitch Gilbert        Fortec-Mercedes                   +0.806
11. Felix Serralles      West-Tec-Mercedes                 +0.924
12. Antonio Giovinazzi   Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +1.025
13. Nicholas Latifi      Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +1.040
14. Dennis van de Laar   Prema Powerteam-Mercedes          +1.041
15. Felipe Guimaraes     Double R-Mercedes                 +1.186
16. Sean Gelael          Jagonya Ayam Carlin-Volkswagen    +1.314
17. Gustavo Menezes      Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen         +1.365
18. Spike Goddard        ThreeBond T-Sport-NBE             +1.425
19. John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec-Mercedes                   +1.440
20. Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller-Mercedes                +1.760
21. Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoort-Volkswagen         +1.818
22. Alexander Toril      ThreeBond T-Sport-NBE             +1.851
23. Michele Beretta      EuroInternational-Mercedes        +2.812
24. Hector Hurst         West-Tec-Mercedes                 +2.985
25. Antonio Fuoco        Prema Powerteam-Mercedes       {no time}
26. Roy Nissany          Mucke-Mercedes                 {no time}
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