Euroformula Open championship leader Liam Lawson topped the opening free practice session at a wet Pau, heading Motopark team-mate Julian Hanses.
The Motopark quartet were fairly quiet in the first half of the wet session, with Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and Carlin’s Teppei Natori trading top spot when the track was at its wettest.
Hanses moved to the top just before the end of the first runs, by over six tenths of a second, and as the cars returned to the pits the rain subsided slightly.
It picked up again when the drivers headed out on track again, but they were quickly up to their previous pace and Motopark took control at the front.
Hanses bettered his benchmark down to a 1m23.751s, but in the closing minutes he was pushed off top spot by team-mate Lawson, who set consecutive fastest laps to end the session with a 1m21.846s lap. Only two tenths split the top two, but third placed Motopark driver Yuki Tsunoda was a further second behind.
Carlin’s Christian Hahn, Lundqvist, Natori and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Guilherme Samaia were closely matched behind Tsunoda, with Samaia’s team-mate Lukas Dunner, the fourth Motopark car of Marino Sato and Fortec Motorsports’ Cameron Das completing the top 10 a considerable distance behind them.
Free Practice results
|5||Linus Lundqvist||Double R Racing||+1.417s|
|7||Guilherme Samaia||Teo Martin Motorsport||+1.593s|
|8||Lukas Dunner||Teo Martin Motorsport||+1.943s|
|10||Cameron Das||Fortec Motorsports||+2.434s|
|11||Jack Doohan||Double R Racing||+2.525s|
|14||Calan Williams||Fortec Motorsports||+3.360s|
|15||Aldo Festante||Teo Martin Motorsport||+4.170s|
|16||Rui Andrade||Drivex School||+6.917s|