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|
|6||Tom Blomqvist||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1:11.663||1:11.385|
|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|
|26||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Powerteam||1:13.568||No Time|
|24||Hector Hurst||Team West-Tec||1:13.833||1:13.673|