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Hughes quickest at Mugello for final FIA F3 practice

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

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
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m36.423s 14
2 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m36.431s +0.008s 18
3 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1m36.554s +0.131s 20
4 David Beckmann Trident 1m36.619s +0.196s 18
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
8 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m36.871s +0.448s 17
9 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m36.880s +0.457s 16
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
13 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m37.167s +0.754s 17
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
17 David Schumacher Carlin 1m37.326s +0.903s 15
18 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m37.342s +0.919s 19
19 Olli Caldwell Trident 1m37.351s +0.928s 18
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
25 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m38.144s +1.721s 20
26 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing 1m38.278s +1.855s 18
27 Cameron Das Carlin 1m38.800s +2.377s 16
28 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1m38.908s +2.585s 19