The Formula 3 drivers returned to the track at Paul Ricard for the second round of the season and made an immediate impact was the current championship leader, Dennis Hauger.
The Prema team rider took advantage of the final seconds of the session to get the best time in 1’51 ” 478, immediately making it clear that he will also be the big favorite of the weekend in France.
What impressed Hauger’s time trial was above all the gap inflicted on the rest of the group. The first driver to approach the Norwegian reference was Caio Collet, but the driver of the MP Motorsport team stopped two tenths of a second late, while behind the Brazilian we find a Jack Doohan author of the time of 1’51 ” 826 always in the final seconds of the Free Practice.
A red flag caused by De Geruus intervened to interrupt the work of the drivers in the middle of the session. He crashed into the barriers in Curve 6. The driver of the Charouz Racing System managed to return to the pits with the front wing damaged, as well as the arm of the front right suspension, and forced all his colleagues to wait for five minutes in the pits before being able to return to the track and wait a few laps before putting the tires in the correct operating window.
Going back to the ranking of the times we find Frederik Vesti author of the fourth reference. The ART Grand Prix driver, after a very opaque first weekend in Barcelona, is called to redeem in France and today has paid a delay of 3 tenths from the performance signed by Hauger.
Fifth time for Victor Martins who also confirms to Paul Ricard the good feeling with the MP Motorsport car already seen at Montmelò, while behind the 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup champion Jak Crawford has finally left his mark.
The American of the Hitech GP, fresh from an excellent weekend in the Euroformula Open played right at Paul Ricard in which he took two victories, temporarily occupied the top of the standings and then relegated to sixth place with a time of 1’51 ” 995 .
Alex Smolyar was the first not to break the wall of 1’52 ” and closed with a gap of 7 tenths from the top, putting himself in front of a really constant Edgar and the duo Jenzer represented by Williams and the new entry Hoggard.
Out of the top ten Matteo Nannin who completed the Free Practice round with the thirteenth time in 1’52 ” 397.
The Formula 3 drivers will be back on track at 13:50 to compete in the qualifying that will determine the starting grid for Race 3.