Silverstone European F3: Rosenqvist quickest in practice

Felix Rosenqvist topped practice for round two of the Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone on Friday morning

Silverstone European F3: Rosenqvist quickest in practice

The Swede hauled his Mucke Motorsport Dallara Mercedes to the head of the timesheets right at the end of a drying second session with a time of 2m10.632s to knock Double R's Antonio Giovinazzi off the top spot.

The order changed constantly during the latter stages of the second session as parts of the track began to dry out more than others, Rosenqvist's time eventually 0.090s quicker than Giovinazzi's.

Rosenqvist's team-mate Michael Lewis, who only joined Mucke earlier this week, was third while Carlin team-mates Harry Tincknell and Jordan King sandwiched championship leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema) in fifth.

Marciello had been fastest in an all-wet first session, despite a trip off the track at Maggotts. His best time in that session was 1.3s slower than Rosenqvist's overall pace.

Marciello and his Prema team-mates Alex Lynn, Eddie Cheever and Lucas Auer were among many drivers who limited their mileage as the track improved, preferring to save their allocation of wet tyres in anticipation of more rain in qualifying and the races.

Will Buller, 24th fastest, lost valuable mileage due to a slipping clutch on his T-Sport Dallara-Nissan.

Red flags brought an early end to proceedings, Lucas Wolf having spun his URD car exiting Stowe and come to rest at 90 degrees to the circuit right in front of the pit entrance.

Combined practice times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m10.632s 2. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 2m10.722s + 0.090s 3. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m10.796s + 0.164s 4. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 2m11.001s + 0.369s 5. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 2m11.162s + 0.530s 6. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 2m11.259s + 0.627s 7. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 2m11.295s + 0.663s 8. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 2m11.417s + 0.785s 9. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m11.678s + 1.046s 10. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m11.753s + 1.121s 11. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 2m11.957s + 1.335s 12. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 2m12.004s + 1.372s 13. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 2m12.054s + 1.422s 14. Tom Blomqvist EuroIntern'l Dallara-Merc 2m12.071s + 1.439s 15. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 2m12.206s + 1.574s 16. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc 2m12.225s + 1.623s 17. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 2m12.272s + 1.640s 18. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m12.433s + 1.801s 19. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc 2m12.577s + 1.945s 20. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 2m12.765s + 2.133s 21. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 2m12.857s + 2.225s 22. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 2m13.466s + 2.834s 23. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 2m14.310s + 3.678s 24. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 2m14.455s + 3.823s 25. Gary Thompson Ferraris Dallara-Merc 2m15.275s + 4.643s 26. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc 2m15.956s + 5.324s 27. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 2m16.180s + 5.548s 28. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc 2m17.554s + 6.922s 
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