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Pourchaire heads Piastri in warm Free Practice at Silverstone
Theo Pourchaire
Theo Pourchaire

16-year-old Theo Pourchaire continued his remarkable start to the 2020 FIA F3 campaign, going fastest in Free Practice on his first ever appearance at Silverstone, 0.115s ahead of Championship leader Oscar Piastri.

The 30-strong field set out onto the circuit for the first session of a Silverstone double-header, and were greeted by plenty of dust on a hot morning in Northamptonshire. Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams was the first to get a flying lap on the board, setting a time of just over two minutes as he warmed up his tires.

Igor Fraga was amongst the six other drivers to head out at the first opportunity and didn’t take long to slash the fastest time down to 1m 50s, 5s short of Max Fewtrell’s FP topping time at Silverstone last year.

Piastri took to the track around 10 minutes in and instantaneously put in the fastest lap on the board, although Alex Peroni and Richard Verschoor were both able to marginally better him shortly after.

The Renault junior had another shot at first, but fell short of his teammate Logan Sargeant, who claimed top spot and took us beneath 1m 47s, with Liam Lawson firing into third behind them.

Trident topped every Free Practice session of the season up until Round 3, and Lirim Zendeli looked to have the potential to keep up this trend, setting the fastest first sector so far, but he lost time in the middle of the track and could only take P2.

Piastri had more luck on his third attempt, jumping back ahead of his American teammate for P1. Beckmann – like his teammate Zendeli – also saw an effort for first fall short and nestled into second.

Pourchaire had enjoyed a relatively quiet session by his recent standards, but fired into life with ten minutes on the clock. The ART Grand Prix ace had never previously driven at Silverstone, but lunged into second, despite his lack of experience.

Lawson was experiencing his most successful Free Practice session of the season and jumped from third to first, 0.002s ahead of Piastri, but the PREMA racer responded on his next tour to retrieve the place by the same margin.

With Minutes Left On The Clock It Looked Like Piastri Would Remain On Top, But Pourchaire Pulled A Stunning Final Sector Out Of The Bag To Steal First By 0.115s. The Prema Driver Responded With A Purple First Sector, But He Was Unable To Find Any More Time Around The Track And Had To Settle For Second.

Lawson Held On To Third, While Jake Hughes Made A Late Lunge Into Fourth, Despite Not Setting A Laptime Until The Final Ten Minutes Of The Session. Beckmann Took Fifth, Ahead Of Sargeant, Peroni, Verschoor, Williams And Fewtrell.

Pourchaire Will Attempt To Keep Up His Early Form When We Return For Qualifying At 2.05pm (Local Time).

Practice Results

17Theo POURCHAIREART Grand Prix1:46.3480.000s0.000s
21Oscar PIASTRIPREMA Racing1:46.4630.1150.115
35Liam LAWSONHitech Grand Prix1:46.4650.1170.002
415Jake HUGHESHWA RACELAB1:46.6040.2560.139
511David BECKMANNTrident1:46.6370.2890.033
63Logan SARGEANTPREMA Racing1:46.7630.4150.126
729Alexander PERONICampos Racing1:46.7780.4300.015
817Richard VERSCHOORMP Motorsport1:46.8880.5400.110
920Calan WILLIAMSJenzer Motorsport1:46.9560.6080.068
104Max FEWTRELLHitech Grand Prix1:47.0110.6630.055
1124Igor FRAGACharouz Racing System1:47.0250.6770.014
1210Lirim ZENDELITrident1:47.0260.6780.001
1316Jack DOOHANHWA RACELAB1:47.0290.6810.003
1425David SCHUMACHERCharouz Racing System1:47.1170.7690.088
1514Enzo FITTIPALDIHWA RACELAB1:47.1230.7750.006
169Sebastian FERNANDEZART Grand Prix1:47.1540.8060.031
178Alexander SMOLYARART Grand Prix1:47.1700.8220.016
186Dennis HAUGERHitech Grand Prix1:47.2410.8930.071
1923Roman STANEKCharouz Racing System1:47.2790.9310.038
2031Sophia FLOERSCHCampos Racing1:47.3220.9740.043
2122Matteo NANNINIJenzer Motorsport1:47.3440.9960.022
2226Clement NOVALAKCarlin Buzz Racing1:47.4131.0650.069
2327Ben BARNICOATCarlin Buzz Racing1:47.5691.2210.156
242Frederik VESTIPREMA Racing1:47.6131.2650.044
2512Olli CALDWELLTrident1:47.7831.4350.170
2619Lukas DUNNERMP Motorsport1:47.7861.4380.003
2718Bent VISCAALMP Motorsport1:47.8851.5370.099
2821Federico MALVESTITIJenzer Motorsport1:47.8911.5430.006
2930Alessio DELEDDACampos Racing1:48.2181.8700.327
3028Cameron DASCarlin Buzz Racing1:49.3372.9891.119

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