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MP duo Maini and Collet head Silverstone F3 practice

by Peter Allen

Photo: Mumbai Falcons

MP Motorsport duo Kush Maini and Caio Collet were almost inseparable as they topped the times in free practice for the FIA Formula 3 Championship round at Silverstone.

Alpine Academy driver Collet went to the top of the times with three minutes left on the clock, displacing Hitech GP’s Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar by four tenths of a second. His team-mate Maini – sporting a new Mumbai Falcons livery on his car – was running right behind him on track and went 0.036s faster.

It was a similar story when the pair came around again and took the chequered flag, Collet improving to go fastest only for Maini to better him again – this time by 0.035s.

Kaylen Frederick, who like Maini has experience of Silverstone from two years in BRDC British F3, was rapid throughout the session and finished up third for the locally-based Hitech team, six tenths adrift of the MP pair.

Roman Stanek was just 0.003s slower for Trident in fourth, and 0.006s ahead of Hadjar, who is racing at Silverstone for the first time this weekend.

Championship leader Victor Martins was sixth for ART Grand Prix, with Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan seventh and another graduate of the British scene who looked quickly at home throughout the session.

Zane Maloney took eighth, just ahead of Trident team-mate Jonny Edgar who placed ninth on his return to action for the first time since the Bahrain season opener following illness.

Pepe Marti completed the top 10, followed closely by his Campos Racing team-mates Hunter Yeany and David Vidales.

Jak Crawford was the fastest of the Prema drivers in 14th, his time matched by series returnee Filip Ugran who is substituting for Alexander Smolyar in the third MP Motorsport car after the Russian driver was unable to get a British visa.

The third and final F3 returnee Zdenek Chovanec was slowest of the 30 drivers, five seconds off the pace for Charouz Racing System.

Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m44.481s 17
2 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m44.516s +0.035s 18
3 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m45.101s +0.620s 16
4 Roman Stanek Trident 1m45.104s +0.623s 14
5 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m45.110s +0.629s 17
6 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m45.156s +0.675s 16
7 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m45.211s +0.730s 17
8 Zane Maloney Trident 1m45.345s +0.864s 15
9 Jonny Edgar Trident 1m45.357s +0.876s 17
10 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m45.378s +0.897s 18
11 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m45.456s +0.975s 20
12 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.464s +0.983s 17
13 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m45.471s +0.990s 19
14 Jak Crawford Prema 1m45.523s +1.042s 16
15 Filip Ugran MP Motorsport 1m45.573s +1.092s 19
16 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m45.606s +1.125s 17
17 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m45.619s +1.138s 16
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m45.685s +1.204s 16
19 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m45.735s +1.254s 16
20 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.788s +1.307s 17
21 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.821s +1.340s 19
22 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m45.899s +1.418s 21
23 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.956s +1.475s 22
24 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m45.975s +1.494s 19
25 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.090s +1.609s 17
26 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.401s +1.920s 19
27 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m46.489s +2.008s 16
28 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m46.856s +2.375s 17
29 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m47.730s +3.249s 19
30 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System 1m49.655s +5.174s 18