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Theo Pourchaire fastest in FIA F3 practice at Silverstone

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire topped the times in the FIA Formula 3 practice session at Silverstone.

The 16-year-old Frenchman sits third in the championship after taking back-to-back race wins in the Styrian sprint race and Hungarian feature race.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri set the pace for most of the session, setting a 1m46.467s lap time with 20 minutes on the clock.

Red Bull junior Liam Lawson briefly took the top spot with a lap time just 0.002s quicker, only for Piastri to improve again to go another two thousands of a second quicker.

The Prema driver remained top of the order until the final laps of the session when Pourchaire set a 1m46.348s lap time. Piastri couldn’t find any improvements and ended the session second quickest and 0.115s adrift of Pourchaire’s benchmark.

Lawson took third overall ahead of HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes and Hungarian sprint race victor David Beckmann.

Prema’s Logan Sargeant was at the sharp end of the field for much of the session and was second behind team-mate Piastri at the 25-minute mark, but couldn’t keep up with the improvements from the rest of the field through the second half of the session.

He ended the morning sixth quickest ahead of Campos Racing’s Alex Peroni and 2019 Macau Grand Prix winner Richard Verschoor.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams and Hitech Grand Prix’s Max Fewtrell completed the top 10.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m46.348s 17
2 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m46.463s +0.115s 15
3 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m46.465s +0.117s 17
4 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m46.604s +0.256s 9
5 David Beckmann Trident 1m46.637s +0.289s 16
6 Logan Sargeant Prema 1m46.763s +0.415s 14
7 Alexander Peroni Campos Racing 1m46.778s +0.430s 15
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m46.888s +0.540s 17
9 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.956s +0.608s 21
10 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 1m47.011s +0.663s 18
11 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System 1m47.025s +0.677s 18
12 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1m47.026s +0.678s 15
13 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab 1m47.029s +0.681s 15
14 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System 1m47.117s +0.769s 17
15 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 1m47.123s +0.775s 16
16 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1m47.154s +0.806s 17
17 Aleksander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m47.170s +0.822s 17
18 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 1m47.241s +0.893s 17
19 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System 1m47.279s +0.931s 16
20 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing 1m47.322s +0.974s 17
21 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.344s +0.996s 21
22 Clement Novalak Carlin 1m47.413s +1.065s 14
23 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 1m47.569s +1.221s 17
24 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m47.613s +1.265s 15
25 Oli Caldwell Trident 1m47.783s +1.435s 15
26 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1m47.786s +1.438s 18
27 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1m47.885s +1.537s 17
28 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.891s +1.543s 20
29 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1m48.218s +1.870s 17
30 Cameron Das Carlin 1m49.337s +2.989s 8