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David Beckmann tops GP3 practice in Hungary in first appearance for Trident

by Tim Lumb

Trident’s David Beckmann topped GP3 practice at the Hungaroring in his first appearance for Trident.

Beckmann, whose best result this year is a sixth place finish in the first race of the season in Barcelona, switched from Jenzer Motorsport to Trident ahead of the Hungaroring round as a result of the driver transfers since Santino Ferrucci was removed from Trident’s Formula 2 line-up.

The German was sitting in ninth place and was nearly one second off ART Grand Prix driver Callum Ilott’s best time before going quickest in the final moments of the session.

Times constantly improved throughout the 45 minute session, with Ilott setting his fastest time with 10 minutes to go after going half a second faster than Janzer’s Tatiana Calderon, who ended up seventh fastest.

Beckmann’s lap stopped ART from taking over the top three spots. Championship leader Anthoine Hubert beat team-mate Ilott to second by 0.027 seconds, with third driver Jake Hughes over three tenths behind.

Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini split Nikita Mazepin from his three ART team-mates by going fifth fastest.

Diego Menchaca was eighth for Campos Racing, while MP Motorsport’s Dorian Boccolacci was just 0.001s off his time in ninth place.

Beckmann’s Trident team-mate Giuliano Alesi rounded off the top 10, 0.631s off the fastest lap of the practice session and 0.022s behind Boccolacci.

MP Motorsport’s Devlin DeFrancesco took no part in the practice session due to being ill, but is understood to be expected back for qualifying.


Free practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 David Beckmann Trident 1m32.035s
2 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix +0.051s
3 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix +0.078s
4 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix +0.395s
5 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing +0.430s
6 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +0.506s
7 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport +0.600s
8 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing +0.608s
9 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport +0.609s
10 Giualiano Alesi Trident +0.631s
11 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport +0.730s
12 Ryan Tveter Trident +0.757s
13 Pedro Piquet Trident +1.080s
14 Niko Kari MP Motorsport +1.200s
15 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing +1.209s
16 Gabriel Aubry Arden International +1.292s
17 Jannes Fittje Jenzer Motorsport +1.514s
18 Joey Mawson Arden International +1.698s
19 Julien Falchero Arden International +3.382s