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Ocon and Verstappen top FIA F3 practice at Pau

by Gruz David
Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Championship leader Esteban Ocon was fastest in the FIA European F3 practice sessions as the drivers prepared for competition around the much regarded street circuit of Pau.

Dutchman Max Verstappen, who secured his first victory in the series last weekend, set the early pace in practice one, followed by Ocon. The duo then switched places in the second session with the Lotus F1 junior recording the quickest time of 1m10.688s.

Mucke Motorsport duo Felix Rosenqvist and Lucas Auer finished third and fourth overall respectively, not far off the pace.

Jake Dennis ended up with the fifth fastest time with Tom Blomqvist behind him, with the Brit due to receive a ten-place grid penalty for the first race of the weekend after the engine of his car had to be replaced at Hockenheim.

The rest of the top ten was as close as it gets with Ed Jones, Jordan King, Riccardo Agostini and Mitch Gilbert?being?separated by 0.06s.

Both Roy Nissany and Antonio Fuoco damaged their cars during the first run around the track and were ruled out of practice two.

Combined practice results
Pos. Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 1:11.423 1:10.688
2 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing 1:11.298 1:10.859
3 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport 1:11.587 1:10.950
4 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport 1:11.904 1:11.083
5 Jake Dennis Carlin 1:12.321 1:11.292
6 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:11.663 1:11.385
7 Ed Jones Carlin 1:12.338 1:11.434
8 Jordan King Carlin 1:12.097 1:11.454
9 Riccardo Agostini EuroInternational 1:12.499 1:11.461
10 Mitch Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 1:12.077 1:11.494
11 Felix Serralles Team West-Tec 1:13.271 1:11.612
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:12.234 1:11.713
13 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam 1:12.288 1:11.728
14 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam 1:12.250 1:11.729
15 Felipe Guimaraes Double R Racing 1:12.631 1:11.874
16 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:13.009 1:12.002
17 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing 1:13.045 1:12.053
18 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:12.672 1:12.113
19 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports 1:12.903 1:12.128
20 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing 1:13.937 1:12.448
21 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing 1:12.889 1:12.506
22 Alex Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport 1:12.983 1:12.539
25 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport 1:13.048 No Time
23 Michele Beretta EuroInternational 1:13.166 1:13.500
26 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam 1:13.568 No Time
24 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec 1:13.833 1:13.673