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David Beckmann quickest in FIA F3 practice opener at Red Bull Ring

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Joe Portlock / LAT Images

Trident returnee David Beckmann was fastest in a wet-dry FIA Formula 3 Championship free practice session at the Red Bull Ring as Formula 1 support action got underway again.

The season-opening session started in wet conditions, but conditions improved considerably late on. It improved as such that DRS was enabled a third of the way into the 45-minute session while the track was still notably wet.

Beckmann was quick in the wet part of the running, before everyone pitted for slick tyres with about 15 minutes to go.

In the dying moments, Beckmann pipped Prema’s Oscar Piastri by a tenth with a 1m20.434s lap to go top. Times were some 10s quicker with slicks than they were with wets, especially once a dry line started to appear.

Piastri could have taken the top spot with a slightly better final sector. Charouz Racing System’s Roman Stanek, who is the youngest driver on the grid and only announced his debut earlier in the week, was an impressive third on his first time driving the Dallara F3 2019 car.

His team-mate David Schumacher was fourth, ahead of MP Motorsport’s Macau Grand Prix winner Richard Verschoor. Hitech GP driver Liam Lawson rounded out the top 10.

Despite the lack of action over the past months and the difficult conditions, each of the 30 cars kept it out of the barriers, although Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed did have a close moment with Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams early on.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 David Beckmann Trident 1m20.434s 20
2 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m20.513s +0.079s 19
3 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System 1m20.963s +0.529s 27
4 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System 1m21.053s +0.619s 24
5 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m21.129s +0.695s 20
6 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m21.207s +0.773s 20
7 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m21.211s +0.777s 18
8 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System 1m21.218s +0.784s 18
9 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1m21.235s +0.801s 20
10 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m21.281s +0.847s 21
11 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m21.442s +1.008s 21
12 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m21.451s +1.017s 17
13 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m21.582s +1.148s 20
14 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m21.638s +1.204s 19
15 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m21.698s +1.264s 19
16 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.743s +1.309s 24
17 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 1m21.748s +1.314s 19
18 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing 1m21.812s +1.378s 18
19 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.909s +1.475s 23
20 Cameron Das Carlin 1m22.054s +1.620s 22
21 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1m22.058s +1.624s 21
22 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 1m22.235s +1.801s 20
23 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab 1m22.242s +1.808s 17
24 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1m22.504s +2.070s 22
25 Enaam Ahmed Carlin 1m22.577s +2.143s 21
26 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1m22.826s +2.392s 19
27 Olli Caldwell Trident 1m23.034s +2.600s 20
28 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m23.338s +2.904s 22
29 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 1m23.360s +2.826s 19
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1m23.494s +3.060s 21