Euro F3 Race One LiveFrom Silverstone
The European Formula Three Championship hits the world famous Silverstone circuit in the UK this weekend.
New Zealand driver Marcus Armstrong currently leads the series, just the latest in the growing line of flying Kiwis setting the motorsport world alight. The Christchurch driver is only a single point clear of raising British star Dan Ticktum.
Ticktum is a Red Bull Junior driver and defending Macau Grand Prix winner, and he’s already being spoken about as a future Formula One star. Ticktum is a polarising figure have missed two years of racing following a ban imposed in 2014 after an incident at Silverstone, where he overtook 10 cars during a safety-car period and deliberately crashed into Ricky Collard.
Mainstream media interest will be focused on second generation race Mick Schumacher. The son of the 7 time F1 Champion has been a consistant top ten runner but has really come on strong in the last few races to finally break through for his first F3 win at the last round at Spa.
In Qualifying, rookie driver Fabio Scherer (Motopark) secured his maiden pole position. The Swiss driver ended up ahead of Schumacher while Jüri Vips and Enaam Ahmed followed in third and fourth place. In the ranking of the second-fastest laps to determine the starting grid positions for the third race of the weekend, Estonian rookie Vips came out on top from Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) and Schumacher.
Starting grid race two
Fabio Scherer (1m50.460s) moved up into first place just before the end of the session and managed to maintain this position until the chequered flag was out. Just a little bit later, Mick Schumacher (1m50.509s) claimed second place as he demoted Jüri Vips (1m50.510s) to third. The Estonian wanted to counter, but he was unable to beat Schumacher’s time. Thus, he had to make do with third place behind Scherer and Schumacher.
Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP, 1m50.537s) was the best-placed British driver in fourth from Jonathan Aberdein (1m50.568s), Sacha Fenestraz (1m50.623s), points’ leader Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m50.663s), Daniel Ticktum (Motopark, 1m50.684s), Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m50.708s) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m50.752s). In the process, Shvartzman’s time was less than 0.3 seconds slower than Scherer in first place.
Starting grid race three
In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, Vips (1m50.543s) came out on top. His teammate Aberdein (1m50.656s) was classified second while Fenestraz (1m50.671s) ended up third. Next up behind the three rookies were Schumacher (1m50.686s), Armstrong (1m50.733s), Ahmed (1m50.736s), Ticktum (1m50.757s), Zhou (1m50.805s), Shvartzman (1m50.806s) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP, 1m50.858s).