Spielberg European F3: Red Bull star Daniil Kvyat leads practice
|By Jamie O'Leary||Friday, May 31st 2013, 13:11 GMT|
Red Bull protege Daniil Kvyat topped the timesheets in wet free practice for this weekend's Formula 3 European Championship round at Spielberg.
The Russian had been fifth quickest in FP1 in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, but found more than 1.8 seconds during the second session to go fastest in 1m46.022s.
Kvyat was knocked off the top spot late on by Felix Rosenqvist's Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes, but retook the position with a minute to go.
Rosenqvist, who had been fastest in FP1, was 0.222s slower with F3 newcomer Jann Mardenborough a surprising third in what is only the fifth event of his rookie European F3 season.
Nicolas Latifi and Jordan King made it four Carlin drivers in the top five. Felix Serralles was sixth for Fortec.
Harry Tincknell - second in FP1 - was seventh overall, while championship leader Raffaele Marciello was the best of the Prema Powerteam drivers one spot further back.
In what was a below-par practice for Prema, Lucas Auer failed to get out in FP2; his car spending the session sat in the team's awning with a gearbox problem.
Despite the weather, both sessions were uneventful, a number of investigations into drivers exceeding track limits warranting 'no further action' verdicts.
Qualifying takes place later on Friday afternoon.
Free practice times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW 1m46.022s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m46.244s + 0.222s 3. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1m46.600s + 0.578s 4. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m46.731s + 0.709s 5. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m46.930s + 0.980s 6. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m47.142s + 1.120s 7. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 1m47.081s + 1.059s 8. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 1m47.154s + 1.132s 9. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 1m47.291s + 1.269s 10. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 1m47.312s + 1.290s 11. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 1m47.337s + 1.315s 12. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m47.720s + 1.697s 13. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m47.763s + 1.741s 14. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m47.795s + 1.773s 15. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m47.854s + 1.832s 16. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 1m48.020s + 1.998s 17. Tom Blomqvist EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc 1m48.142s + 2.120s 18. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 1m48.241s + 2.219s 19. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m48.452s + 2.430s 20. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 1m48.601s + 2.579s 21. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m48.771s + 2.749s 22. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 1m48.987s + 2.965s 23. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m49.044s + 3.022s 24. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 1m49.469s + 3.447s 25. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 1m49.689s + 3.667s 26. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 1m48.810s + 3.788s 27. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 1m50.714s + 4.692s 28. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 1m50.881s + 4.859s