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

shares
comments
Palou tops second Euro F3 Hungaroring test day for Hitech GP

Previous article

Palou tops second Euro F3 Hungaroring test day for Hitech GP

Next article

Current Euro F3 could live on to rival new FIA International series

Current Euro F3 could live on to rival new FIA International series
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F3
Drivers David Schumacher
Author Marcus Simmons
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020
The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore Plus

The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore

Igor Fraga has a more colourful career behind him than any other driver on the FIA Formula 3 grid, and now he's beginning to become as recognised for his talents in real racing as in the virtual world

FIA F3
Jun 21, 2020
The new F3 car that has teams purring Plus

The new F3 car that has teams purring

Dallara has improved upon its old F3 car with the new 320 for this season's Euroformula Open, ensuring that single-seater competition's 'heritage’ category can race into the future

FIA F3
Apr 14, 2020