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Ticktum and Vips lead European F3 Norisring practice for Motopark

by Peter Allen


Dan Ticktum set the quickest time in free practice ahead of the Formula 3 European Championship round at the Norisring, beating team-mate Juri Vips by 0.002s in a strong showing for Motopark.

In cool temperatures in Nuremberg, Vips had topped the first of the two 40-minute practice sessions with a time of 48.508 seconds, 0.046s ahead of the championship leader Enaam Ahmed of Hitech GP.

Ticktum was fourth fastest behind Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala, who scored his only F3 win to-date at the Norisring 12 months ago.

Vips was frequently leading the way again during the second session, but Ticktum narrowly edged him just as the red flags came out when Julian Hanses crashed into the Scholler S exit wall with only a few minutes remaining.

The session did restart, but not with enough time for anybody to trouble Ticktum’s?48.114s.

Fabio Scherer made it an all-Motopark top-three after going to the top of the times late on.

Daruvala and Ahmed were prominent again and finished up fourth and fifth.

Robert Shwartzman ended up the best of the Prema drivers in sixth, with Norisring fan Ralf Aron and Marcus Armstrong joining him in the top 10 in ninth and 10th.

Marino Sato made it four Motopark cars in the top seven just ahead of Sacha Fenestraz, who had led much of the second session before being shuffled back late on.

The Renault junior had been 10th in the first session behind Armstrong, Ferdinand Habsburg, Mick Schumacher, Alex Palou and Shwartzman.


Free practice times
Pos Driver Team FP1 FP2
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark 48.725 48.114
2 Juri Vips Motopark 48.508 48.116
3 Fabio Scherer Motopark 48.846 48.248
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 48.574 48.281
5 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP 48.554 48.283
6 Robert Shwartzman Prema 48.814 48.296
7 Marino Sato Motopark 49.163 48.377
8 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin 48.829 48.391
9 Ralf Aron Prema 49.203 48.414
10 Marcus Armstrong Prema 48.744 48.432
11 Alex Palou Hitech GP 48.779 48.438
12 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing 49.096 48.439
13 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing 49.170 48.442
14 Ben Hingeley Hitech GP 49.125 48.444
15 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark 48.892 48.449
16 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 48.746 48.470
17 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin 49.215 48.569
18 Mick Schumacher Prema 48.777 48.687
19 Guan Yu Zhou Prema 48.894 48.728
20 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark 49.366 48.885
21 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 49.916 49.044
22 Julian Hanses Ma-con 49.529 49.425
23 Petru Florescu Fortec 49.805 49.778