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Amaury Cordeel fastest in wet Eurocup practice at Hockenheim

by Ida Wood

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

MP Motorsport’s Amaury Cordeel was the fastest driver over the two Formula Renault Eurocup free practice sessions at Hockenheim.

Wet weather hit the circuit just as the morning session began, with the first driver to fall foul of the conditions being R-ace GP’s Gregoire Saucy.

The French team was running an additional fourth car for the Swiss, who usually races in ADAC and Italian Formula 4 but did briefly enter the Eurocup back in 2017.

His on-track error led to a red flag period, with another stoppage coming after M2 Competition’s Kush Maini span.

Cordeel set his session-topping lap early on, and a third red flag after team-mate Lorenzo Colombo stopped on track meant nobody had the opportunity to beat him. He ended up 1.550 seconds clear of other team-mate Victor Martins, with R-ace GP’s Caio Collet another 0.701s back in third place.

It remained wet in the afternoon, with the top places disputed throughout the session by the MP and R-ace drivers.

There was another three red flag periods, two of which caused by Global Racing Service’s Alessio Deledda, and the last one bringing an early end to free practice.

R-ace GP pair Oscar Piastri and Alexander Smolyar were first and second fastest, but several seconds slower than they had been in the morning.

Formula 1 Esports racer Cem Bolukbasi, making his single-seater debut, was 16th overall and over 12s off Cordeel’s pace.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport 1m44.381s
2 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +1.550s
3 Caio Collet R-ace GP +2.251s
4 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +2.429s
5 Frank Bird Arden +3.934s
6 Kush Maini M2 Competition +4.108s
7 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +4.228s
8 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +4.555s
9 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +5.359s
10 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +5.705s
11 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +6.885s
12 Patrik Pasma Arden +7.928s
13 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +8.900s
14 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +9.131s
15 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +9.417s
16 Cem Bolukbasi M2 Competition +12.494s
17 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +13.469s
17 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +15.631s