Bird tops first Hockenheim practice

Sam Bird set the quickest time in the first Formula 3 Euro Series practice session of the season at Hockenheim on Friday

Bird tops first Hockenheim practice

The Briton was at the top of the timesheet when it began to rain half way through the session and no improvements were made to the front running times thereafter.

Signature duo Mika Maki and Jean-Karl Vernay finished up second and third fastest, ahead of Mucke Motorsport's Marco Wittman and Carlin Motorsport's Brendon Hartley.

Euro Series debutant Atte Mustonen continued his and F3 newcomer Motopark Academy's impressive pace with the sixth quickest time, ahead of fellow championship newcomer Roberto Merhi's Manor Motorsport car.

Christian Vietoris (Mucke), Tiago Geronimi (Signature) and Stefano Coletti (Prema) completed the top 10, with title favourite Jules Bianchi only 11th quickest in the highest-placed of ART Grand Prix's four cars.

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap 1. Sam Bird Mucke D/M 1m36.328s 2. Mika Maki Signature D/V 1m36.473s +0.145 3. Jean-Karl Vernay Signature D/V 1m36.559s +0.231 4. Marco Wittmann Mucke D/M 1m36.654s +0.326 5. Brendon Hartley Carlin D/V 1m36.837s +0.509 6. Atte Mustonen Motopark D/M 1m36.931s +0.603 7. Roberto Merhi Manor D/M 1m37.045s +0.717 8. Christian Vietoris Mucke D/M 1m37.064s +0.736 9. Tiago Geronimi Signature D/V 1m37.198s +0.870 10. Stefano Coletti Prema D/M 1m37.228s +0.900 11. Jules Bianchi ART D/M 1m37.230s +0.902 12. Christopher Zanella Motopark D/M 1m37.393s +1.065 13. Basil Shaaban Prema D/M 1m37.508s +1.180 14. Kevin Mirocha HBR D/M 1m37.598s +1.270 15. Alexander Sims Mucke D/M 1m37.650s +1.322 16. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M 1m37.683s +1.355 17. Esteban Gutierrez ART D/M 1m38.307s +1.979 18. Matteo Chinosi Prema D/M 1m38.657s +2.329 19. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin D/V 1m38.885s +2.557 20. Johnny Cecotto Jr HBR D/M 1m39.068s +2.740 21. Cesar Ramos Manor D/M 1m39.856s +3.528 22. Pedro Henrique Manor D/M 1m40.061s +3.733 23. Adrien Tambay ART D/M 1m40.551s +4.223 24. Carlo van Dam Kolles D/V 1m40.741s +4.413 25. Henkie Waldschmidt SG D/M 1m42.939s +6.611 26. Andrea Caldarelli SG D/M 1m47.887s +11.559 27. Alexandre Marsoin SG D/M 1m48.219s +11.891 
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