HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes was fastest in the first Tuscan Grand Prix session to be held at the Mugello circuit, with the FIA Formula 3 decider underway.
Hughes – who drove the track in a one-off Formula Regional Europe appearance last year – was towards the top of the timesheets for much of the 45-minute session, but a lap time set around the halfway point was enough to take the top spot.
Many drivers had visible issues with understeer through the session, with the circuit being very green early on in particular.
Trident driver Lirim Zendeli was second fastest, with a lap being put in very late on to take that spot. Hitech GP’s Dennis Hauger – a winner of two Italian Formula 4 races at Mugello in 2019 – was third.
Zendeli’s team-mate David Beckmann was the quickest of the six title contenders in fourth place, a couple of tenths behind Hughes.
Championship leader Oscar Piastri was only 13th fastest, more than seven-tenths off the pace.
ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire (third in the standings) was fifth fastest ahead of Jenzer’s Matteo Nannini, ART’s Sebastian Fernandez, Prema pair Logan Sargeant (second in the standings) and Frederik Vesti (sixth in points) and Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson (fourth in points).
The third Hitech most recently driven by Pierre-Louis Chovet has been left vacant this weekend, as well as the third Charouz Racing System entry of Igor Fraga – who had been linked to the Hitech drive.
Free practice results
|1||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||1m36.423s||14|
|3||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||1m36.554s||+0.131s||20|
|5||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1m36.680s||+0.257s||19|
|6||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport||1m36.813s||+0.390s||17|
|7||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix||1m36.861s||+0.438s||19|
|10||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1m36.907s||+0.484s||19|
|11||Mikhael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1m37.086s||+0.663s||20|
|12||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||1m37.113s||+0.690s||15|
|14||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1m37.168s||+0.755s||21|
|15||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing||1m37.195s||+0.782s||16|
|16||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||1m37.315s||+0.892s||15|
|18||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1m37.342s||+0.919s||19|
|20||Roman Stanek||Charouz Racing System||1m37.559s||+1.136s||16|
|21||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||1m37.575s||+1.154s||18|
|22||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport||1m37.749s||+1.326s||18|
|23||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||1m37.944s||+1.521s||21|
|24||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1m38.013s||+1.590s||19|
|26||Sophia Floersch||Campos Racing||1m38.278s||+1.855s||18|
|28||Alessio Deledda||Campos Racing||1m38.908s||+2.585s||19|