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F3 Masters victor Felix Rosenqvist tops first practice at Silverstone

Felix Rosenqvist, Mucke, Silverstone 2011Felix Rosenqvist carried his F3 Masters-winning form to top the opening practice session of F3 Euro Series visit to Silverstone this weekend.

The Mucke Motorsport man, currently fifth in the championship standings, set his fastest time of 1m54.464s three quarters of the way into the hour-long session.

Prema Powerteam's Daniel Juncadella ended the session 0.241s down the road in second, seven hundredths ahead of Signature's Marco Wittmann - who is also his main rival for runner-up spot in the championship.

Kimiya Sato (Motorpark Academy) finished 0.7s behind Rosenqvist in fourth, ahead of Signature trio Carlos Munoz, Laurens Vanthoor and Daniel Abt.

All three team-mates finished within 12 hundredths of each other, with Abt in seventh just one thousandth behind Vanthoor.

Motorpark's Jimmy Eriksson was the last driver to finish within 1s of Rosenqvist's benchmark in eighth, ahead of runaway points leader Roberto Merhi, who finished 1.2s off the pace in ninth.

With Nigel Melker - fourth in the championship - missing on GP3 duty, the 12-car field was completed by Marco Sorensen, Alon Day and Gianmarco Raimondo.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc    1m54.464s 
 2.  Daniel Juncadella   Prema Dallara-Merc    1m54.705s  + 0.241s
 3.  Marco Wittmann      Signature Dallara-VW  1m54.778s  + 0.314s
 4.  Kimiya Sato         Motopark Dallara-VW   1m55.167s  + 0.703s
 5.  Carlos Munoz        Signature Dallara-VW  1m55.251s  + 0.787s
 6.  Laurens Vanthoor    Signature Dallara-VW  1m55.362s  + 0.898s
 7.  Daniel Abt          Signature Dallara-VW  1m55.363s  + 0.899s
 8.  Jimmy Eriksson      Motopark Dallara-VW   1m55.455s  + 0.991s
 9.  Roberto Merhi       Prema Dallara-Merc    1m55.678s  + 1.214s
10.  Marco Sorensen      Mucke Dallara-Merc    1m55.905s  + 1.441s
11.  Alon Day            HS Dallara-VW         1m55.995s  + 1.531s
12.  Gianmarco Raimondo  Prema Dallara-Merc    1m56.406s  + 1.942s
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