F3: Shwartzman quickest in wet Free Practice

Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman

Robert Shwartzman topped a rain-hampered session in Monza, leading Free Practice for the first time in 2019. The PREMA racer set the quickest time early on – before the field all switched to wets – and finished ahead of in-form duo Marcus Armstrong, of PREMA Racing, and Pedro Piquet, of Trident.

The session begun under light rain down the pit straight as teams initially set out on slick tires. Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 winner Armstrong was first to notch a quick time, dipping under 1m 45s, followed by teammate Shwartzman.

On his second full lap of the course, Armstrong knocked two seconds off his time, but his Russian teammate was able to shave a further two tenths to take P1 as rain began to fall harder. Jüri Vips spun off track but was able to get going again, and teams began to feed back into the pits for wet tires.

Estner remained out and a wobble ended with the side of his Jenzer machine stuck in the wall. The German climbed out of his car unscathed, but his team now face a race against time to get his car ready for Qualifying later today.

Fabio Scherer was the first to get back out onto the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit and test the new tires. The rest of the field returned shortly after and focus was centered on getting to grips with the wets.

This saw the order remained unchanged, before the session ended under a yellow flag. Giorgio Carrara sailed off track and was beached on the sausage curb. This left Shwartzman and Armstrong to run home first and second, with Piquet in third. Jehan Daruvala and Teppei Natori completed the top five, with Niko Kari, Alex Peroni, Richard Verschoor, Felipe Drugovich and Liam Lawson all in the top 10.

Action will intensify this afternoon as Shwartzman aims to carry across his positive early form and become the first driver to earn a second pole position of the season, when qualifying begins at 5.50pm local time.

Free Practice provisional classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

Robert Shwartzman

PREMA Racing

1:42.587

13

2

Marcus Armstrong

PREMA Racing

1:42.780

12

3

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:42.791

10

4

Jehan Daruvala

PREMA Racing

1:42.939

11

5

Teppei Natori

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:43.080

14

6

Niko Kari

Trident

1:43.158

12

7

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:43.683

12

8

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:43.813

12

9

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:43.836

16

10

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

1:43.981

11

11

Raoul Hyman

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:44.180

15

12

Juri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

1:44.477

15

13

Ye Yifei

Hitech Grand Prix

1:44.512

15

14

Fabio Scherer

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:44.724

16

15

Leonardo Pulcini

Hitech Grand Prix

1:45.234

14

16

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:45.490

14

17

Jake Hughes

HWA RACELAB

1:45.593

5

18

Sebastian Fernandez

Campos Racing

1:46.094

12

19

Bent Viscaal

HWA RACELAB

1:46.374

12

20

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:46.566

16

21

Simo Laaksonen

MP Motorsport

1:47.499

10

22

Giorgio Carrara

Jenzer Motorsport

1:47.748

13

23

Keyvan Andres

HWA RACELAB

1:47.784

12

24

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

1:47.886

12

25

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:49.071

14

26

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:49.311

13

27

Max Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:49.958

13

28

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

1:50.342

6

29

Lirim Zendeli

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:53.933

15

30

David Beckmann

ART Grand Prix

1:54.783

13

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