Gregoire Saucy topped yet another manic Formula Regional European Championship free practice session at the Red Bull Ring.
In a continuation of the morning session’s main storyline, track limits violations were a key theme throughout as 57 laptimes were deleted.
Saucy and Michael Belov began the session as they ended the previous one, with the two quickest times early on, but it was Franco Colapinto that led the session at the halfway point with a 1m26.011s.
Isack Hadjar was then the first driver to post a time sub-1m26s lap, but his time had barely been posted when it was made obsolete by Saucy’s practice-topping time of 1m25.883s.
Belov closed the gap on the Frenchman but could not overhaul him for first place, so the Russian finished second by only seven-hundredths of a second.
Hadjar was third, just ahead of the resurgent Colapinto, who had a difficult FP1 following track limits violations. He was the last of the drivers to manage below 1m26.000s, as Hadrien David also posted a late 1m25.997s to secure fifth place.
The tight and frantic nature of the session was reflected in the rest of the top 10, as the gap between Zane Maloney in sixth and William Alatalo in 10th was just four-hundredths of a second.
Returning champion Gianluca Petecof endured a difficult session, only completing a few laps and ending up 34th and last.
He told Formula Scout: “I had a front suspension failure early on, but we’ll get it fixed and ready for qualifying tomorrow. Looked decent through the early laps.”
Free practice results
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||1m25.883s||25|
|2||Michael Belov||G4 Racing||1m25.959s||+0.076s||27|
|3||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||1m25.969s||+0.086s||26|
|4||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1m25.990s||+0.107s||25|
|5||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m25.997s||+0.114s||30|
|6||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||1m26.153s||+0.270s||29|
|9||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||1m26.194s||+0.311s||26|
|11||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m26.310s||+0.427s||26|
|14||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.373s||+0.490s||28|
|15||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||1m26.500s||+0.594s||23|
|16||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||1m26.527s||+0.644s||26|
|17||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||1m26.569s||+0.686s||27|
|18||Patrik Pasma||ART Grand Prix||1m26.578s||+0.695s||24|
|19||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.685s||+0.802s||22|
|20||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m26.689s||+0.806s||24|
|22||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||1m26.804s||+0.921s||26|
|23||Ido Cohen||JD Motorsport||1m26.940s||+1.057s||22|
|24||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||1m26.953s||+1.070s||27|
|25||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||1m27.008s||+1.125s||25|
|26||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||1m27.009s||+1.126s||23|
|27||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m27.060s||+1.177s||27|
|28||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||1m27.273s||+1.390s||26|
|29||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||1m27.387s||+1.504s||27|
|30||Jose Garfias||Monolite Racing||1m27.389s||+1.506s||23|
|31||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||1m27.442s||+1.559s||18|
|32||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||1m27.520s||+1.637s||29|
|33||Gianluca Petecof||KIC Motorsport||1m28.665s||+2.782s||7|