F3: Lundgaard lunges ahead in Budapest Free Practice

Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard

Christian Lundgaard led the way in Round 5 Free Practice, topping the timings for the first time this season, at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix ace was followed by Trident’s Pedro Piquet and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes, in a new look top three.

Giorgio Carrara – in just his second round at this level – set the standard on an overcast morning in Hungary, racing round the tight and twisty circuit in under 1m 38s. It wasn’t to last as the glistening red trio of Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong and Jehan Daruvala flexed their muscles to go 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The PREMA trio was broken up by Leonardo Pulcini, who dipped amongst them in 3rd, pushing back Daruvala, who started to free fall, as he headed to the pits, alongside teammate Shwartzman. Armstrong remained out on track and had three goes at bettering the Russian’s time, finally toppling him at the third attempt, lapping at 1:33.859.

With all three drivers of the Italian squad back in the pits, Raoul Hyman and Hughes edged in front to take P1 and P2 with 11 minutes to go. However, the trio soon returned to the track and quickly handed us an all PREMA front three once more.

Again, it wouldn’t last. Felipe Drugovich, Hyman, Pulcini and Piquet all leapt ahead in the final few minutes of Practice, before Lundgaard seared around the track to top the pack, with a hot time of 1:32.771.

All hung in the balance when the checkered flag was waved, as nearly the entire field had the chance to set one final lap. The shake-up ensued, as Piquet and Hughes rose to second and third, with Fewtrell climbing more than ten places to take fourth. Shwartzman and Armstrong managed to recover enough for fifth and sixth, ahead of Pulcini. Jüri Vips leapt from 24th to 8th, while Alex Peroni and Niko Kari completed the top ten.

None could run faster than Lundgaard today though and the Danish driver claimed his first P1 position of the season. He will be hoping to maintain his early form when it counts tomorrow, as the cars hit the track at 9am for qualifying.

FIA Formula 3 Round 5 – Free Practice Provisional Classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAPS

1

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:32.771

16

2

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:32.805

17

3

Jake Hughes

HWA RACELAB

1:32.902

19

4

Max Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:32.916

16

5

Robert Shwartzman

PREMA Racing

1:32.971

20

6

Marcus Armstrong

PREMA Racing

1:33.017

20

7

Leonardo Pulcini

Hitech Grand Prix

1:33.091

18

8

Juri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

1:33.178

18

9

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:33.203

19

10

Niko Kari

Trident

1:33.245

18

11

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:33.291

19

12

Jehan Daruvala

PREMA Racing

1:33.302

20

13

David Beckmann

ART Grand Prix

1:33.477

16

14

Lirim Zendeli

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:33.487

21

15

Sebastian Fernandez

Campos Racing

1:33.491

19

16

Simo Laaksonen

MP Motorsport

1:33.535

19

17

Raoul Hyman

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:33.594

20

18

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:33.677

19

19

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:33.778

20

20

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:33.822

21

21

Bent Viscaal

HWA RACELAB

1:33.848

16

22

Keyvan Andres

HWA RACELAB

1:33.876

18

23

Teppei Natori

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:34.030

18

24

Giorgio Carrara

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.052

23

25

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

1:34.218

19

26

Fabio Scherer

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:34.264

20

27

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:34.332

17

28

Ye Yifei

Hitech Grand Prix

1:34.439

19

29

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.442

20

30

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

1:34.950

21

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