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Giovinazzi tops both F3 practice sessions at Hockenheim

by Peter Allen
Antonio Giovinazzi

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

Antonio Giovinazzi set the pace in both Friday practice sessions ahead of qualifying for the second round of the FIA F3 European Championship at Hockenheim.

The Italian driver set a time of 1m34.019s during the first of the two 40-minute sessions in his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin entry, before lowering his benchmark to a 1m33.135s in the second session.

“It was a very good session for me and the car felt perfect out on track so I?m really pleased with our efforts,” said Giovinazzi, who managed a best result of fifth from the opening round of the season at Silverstone.

“We know we can do well in qualifying and we hope for three good races this weekend. Overall, I?d say that everything worked well and we head to qualifying in the best possible way.”

Championship-leading rookie Esteban Ocon was second to Giovinazzi in practice one for Prema, with Giovinazzi’s team-mate Tom Blomqvist in third.

Felix Rosenqvist took fourth, and Mucke Motorsport continued to show improvement from their disastrous Silverstone appearance in session two with Lucas Auer going second quickest to Giovinazzi, two tenths adrift.

Van Amersfoort Racing star Max Verstappen was third, while Ocon and Blomqvist were again inseparable in fourth and fifth respectively. Rosenqvist was sixth ahead of Silverstone race three winner?Antonio Fuoco and his Prema team-mate Nicholas Latifi. Carlin pairing Jordan King and Ed Jones completed the top ten.

The grid size has increased by one to 27 this weekend, with Jo Zeller Racing now running two cars for Tatiana Calderon and Sandro Zeller after the Colombian had taken Zeller Jr’s seat at short notice at Silverstone following her departure from the stillborn Signature-Renault project.

Session results
Pos Driver? Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:34.019 1:33.135
2 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport 1:34.438 1:33.337
3 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing 1:34.807 1:33.352
4 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 1:34.064 1:33.510
5 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:34.166 1:33.599
6 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport 1:34.270 1:33.654
7 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam 1:34.386 1:33.686
8 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam 1:34.981 1:33.728
9 Jordan King Carlin 1:34.687 1:33.747
10 Edward Jones Carlin 1:34.804 1:33.752
11 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports 1:34.414 1:33.948
12 Jake Dennis Carlin 1:34.916 1:33.963
13 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:34.706 1:34.106
14 Riccardo Agostini EuroInternational 1:34.847 1:34.177
15 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam 1:35.076 1:34.221
16 Felipe Guimaraes Double R Racing 1:34.590 1:34.223
17 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing 1:35.154 1:34.248
18 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing 1:34.947 1:34.345
19 Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 1:34.472 1:34.401
20 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:35.684 1:34.413
21 Felix Serralles Team West-Tec 1:34.916 1:34.446
22 Richard Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:35.408 1:34.514
23 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing 1:35.360 1:34.527
24 Michele Beretta EuroInternational 1:35.818 1:34.819
25 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport 1:36.200 1:34.864
26 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec 1:36.519 1:35.083
27 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing 1:35.741 1:35.427

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