Mick Schumacher quickest in Red Bull Ring European F3 test

Mick Schumacher emerged with the fastest time from a two-day Formula 3 European Championship pre-season test at the Red Bull Ring, just as he did last week at the Hungaroring

Mick Schumacher quickest in Red Bull Ring European F3 test

The 19-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher set the quickest time on the second morning of the Austrian test in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.

That was enough to see off Ferdinand Habsburg, who lapped his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 0.100 seconds adrift of Schumacher in the same session.

Schumacher's best was three tenths quicker than the circuit's F3 pole position lap record, set by Lance Stroll in 2016.

The Monday running was headed by McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, Macau Grand Prix victor and Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum, as the Motopark team hit form following a low-profile Hungaroring.

Ticktum headed Schumacher by just 0.001s during the Monday afternoon test, after Hitech GP runner Alex Palou had led the order during the morning.

All but three of the runners set their Tuesday bests in the morning, thanks to snow falling upon the Styrian mountain location during the lunchbreak.

That left conditions slippery during the afternoon session, although they dried out sufficiently for Habsburg to set the quickest lap in the closing stages, just a tenth slower than his earlier best.

Hard on his heels was Carlin team-mate Sacha Fenestraz, the reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion's lap elevating him to third overall on the day.

An eye-opening performance from Venezuelan F3 rookie Sebastian Fernandez - a multiple race winner in Italian Formula 4 last season - put him third in the session and fourth on the day.

Fernandez headed a very tight group covered by 0.129s - he was followed by reigning BRDC British F3 champion Enaam Ahmed (Hitech), Ferrari junior and Toyota Racing Series title winner Robert Shwartzman (Prema), Palou, Prema's Ferrari protege and reigning Italian F4 champion Marcus Armstrong, Force India prospect Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) and Ticktum.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m22.828s - 44
2 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m22.928s 0.100s 41
3 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.120s 0.292s 40
4 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.130s 0.302s 56
5 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.173s 0.345s 59
6 Alex Palou Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.189s 0.361s 55
7 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.204s 0.376s 47
8 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.243s 0.415s 40
9 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.249s 0.421s 44
10 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.260s 0.432s 62
11 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.296s 0.468s 55
12 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.312s 0.484s 44
13 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.313s 0.485s 60
14 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.368s 0.540s 38
15 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.494s 0.666s 41
16 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.711s 0.883s 37
17 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.744s 0.916s 42
18 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.790s 0.962s 52
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.811s 0.983s 40
20 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.888s 1.060s 37
21 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.913s 1.085s 39
22 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.217s 1.389s 42
23 Ben Hingeley Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.411s 1.583s 28
24 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.704s 2.876s 23

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.052s - 40
2 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.078s 0.026s 40
3 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.306s 0.254s 40
4 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.496s 0.444s 33
5 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.518s 0.466s 26
6 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.534s 0.482s 33
7 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.536s 0.484s 31
8 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.605s 0.553s 25
9 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.608s 0.556s 28
10 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.706s 0.654s 42
11 Alex Palou Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.870s 0.818s 41
12 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m23.933s 0.881s 40
13 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.938s 0.886s 41
14 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.948s 0.896s 40
15 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.110s 1.058s 42
16 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.122s 1.070s 11
17 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.285s 1.233s 20
18 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.543s 1.491s 37
19 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.636s 1.584s 32
20 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.715s 1.663s 37
21 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.878s 1.826s 14
22 Ben Hingeley Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.091s 2.039s 25
23 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m27.933s 4.881s 7
24 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.069s 11.017s 5

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