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Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan fastest in Formula 3 practice at Hungaroring

by Ida Wood

Photo: Prema

Williams Formula 1 junior Zak O’Sullivan was fastest in FIA Formula 3 practice at the Hungaroring.

It wa a quiet start to the 45-minute session, with only eight cars on track in the first 10 minutes. Rodin Carlin’s Ollie Gray initially set the pace, then after 12 minutes Hitech GP’s Luke Browning posted a 1m33.726s to move to the top.

He would remain there for 10 minutes, leading ART Grand Prix’s Nikola Tsolov and Hitech team-mate Sebastian Montoya, before the very first flying laps came in from the rest of the field.

They all headed out of the pits at the same time, 21 minutes into the session, and were immediately quicker than the eight drivers who had set laptimes earlier on.

Prema’s Dino Beganovic was first to topple Browning, but his 1m33.460s lap was immediately beaten by team-mate O’Sullivan’s 1m32.701s, and Paul Aron in the third of Prema’s cars demoted Browning too as he set a 1m33.714s.

Just a few minutes later and Browning was down in 11th. MP Motorsport’s Mari Boya went second fastest, 0.385 seconds off O’Sullivan’s pace, Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti jumpe to third and Beganovic improved but was shuffled down to fourth ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Rafael Villagomez and Trident’s Oliver Goethe.

There were far fewer improvements seen after that as the busy track caused traffic problems, particularly when PHM Racing by Charouz’s debutant Michael Shin slowed down in the final sector and ART GP’s Gregoire Saucy almost drove into the back of Shin’s team-mate Roberto Faria, and Prema was one of the first teams to summon their drivers back to the pits.

The track became busier again with seven minutes to go, and Aron went third fastest before yellow and then red flags were waved due to Villagomez crashing out.

That froze the order on the timesheet, and with not enough time for a restart it meant O’Sullivan finished practice on top. Trident’s points leader Gabriel Bortoleto was down in 12th, 1.080s off the pace.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m32.701s 8
2 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m33.086s +0.385s 9
3 Paul Aron Prema 1m33.180s +0.479s 8
4 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m33.183s +0.482s 8
5 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m33.186s +0.485s 8
6 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.311s +0.610s 7
7 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m33.319s +0.618s 8
8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m33.428s +0.727s 8
9 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m33.610s +0.909s 10
10 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m33.726s +1.025s 17
11 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m33.757s +1.056s 8
12 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m33.781s +1.080s 8
13 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.783s +1.082s 8
14 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.788s +1.087s 9
15 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m33.813s +1.112s 9
16 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m33.835s +1.134s 7
17 Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.990s +1.289s 8
18 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m33.995s +1.294s 7
19 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m34.101s +1.400s 12
20 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m34.196s +1.495s 8
21 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m34.251s +1.550s 8
22 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m34.458s +1.757s 13
23 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m34.565s +1.864s 9
24 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m35.174s +2.473s 14
25 Max Esterson Carlin 1m35.804s +3.103s 14
26 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m35.896s +3.195s 8
27 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.045s +3.344s 13
28 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m37.180s +4.479s 14
29 Michael Shin PHM by Charouz 1m37.212s +4.511s 10
30 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m52.560s +19.859s 9