Max Fewtrell quickest in Silverstone Free Practice

Max Fewtrell
Max Fewtrell

Max Fewtrell ensured the British race weekend got underway with a countryman on top, lapping quickest around the freshly laid Silverstone circuit to top the times in this morning’s FIA Formula 3 Free Practice. The ART Grand Prix man ran ahead of Trident’s Devlin DeFrancesco and teammate David Beckmann, who both secured their highest practice positions of the campaign to date.

It was the third ART machine which got the session underway, as Christian Lundgaard set the early pace in cool 17 degree temperatures. Fellow Englishman Jake Hughes and Leonardo Pulcini then exchanged places at the top, as the grid warmed up their tires.

There was plenty of traffic on track in the opening minutes as the cars got a taste of the new tarmac and PREMA soon took control of the session with Championship leaders Robert Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala leading the times.

That was as good as it got for the PREMA duo who quickly dropped down the order. Pulcini and Beckmann began to battle it out in first, but Fewtrell then emerged as the frontrunner in front of his home crowd.

Ye Yifei briefly claimed first ahead of the ART man, but the latter bounced back by breaking the 1m 46s barrier with just two minutes on the clock. DeFrancesco was able to set a time good enough for second, while Beckmann couldn’t improve on his teammate’s time and nestled in at third ahead of Yifei and Lirim Zendeli. Yuki Tsunoda, Lundgaard, Raoul Hyman, Pulcini and Daruvala completed the top ten.

Fewtrell will look to keep up his early weekend pace when the cars return to the track for Qualifying at 4.50pm (local time).

FIA Formula 3 – Silverstone Free Practice classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAPS

1

Max Fewtrell

ART Grand Prix

1:45.264

18

2

Devlin DeFrancesco

Trident

1:45.487

18

3

David Beckmann

ART Grand Prix

1:45.583

19

4

Ye Yifei

Hitech Grand Prix

1:45.606

20

5

Lirim Zendeli

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:45.672

19

6

Yuki Tsunoda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:45.779

20

7

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

1:45.998

19

8

Raoul Hyman

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:46.185

19

9

Leonardo Pulcini

Hitech Grand Prix

1:46.222

15

10

Jehan Daruvala

PREMA Racing

1:46.264

15

11

Fabio Scherer

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:46.270

20

12

Robert Shwartzman

PREMA Racing

1:46.396

16

13

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:46.428

17

14

Juri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

1:46.553

17

15

Niko Kari

Trident

1:46.578

16

16

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:46.681

16

17

Sebastian Fernandez

Campos Racing

1:46.743

18

18

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:46.767

17

19

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

1:46.843

21

20

Marcus Armstrong

PREMA Racing

1:46.850

14

21

Alex Peroni

Campos Racing

1:47.096

17

22

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

1:47.201

17

23

Simo Laaksonen

MP Motorsport

1:47.220

16

24

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:47.235

16

25

Teppei Natori

Carlin Buzz Racing

1:47.477

18

26

Jake Hughes

HWA RACELAB

1:47.637

18

27

Federico Malvestiti

Jenzer Motorsport

1:47.876

21

28

Keyvan Andres

HWA RACELAB

1:48.315

19

29

Bent Viscaal

HWA RACELAB

1:48.946

19

30

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

1:49.124

20

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