Zandvoort Masters of F3: Sergio Sette Camara fastest in practice

Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara set the fastest time over the two free practice sessions for the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort

Zandvoort Masters of F3: Sergio Sette Camara fastest in practice

The 17-year-old, who contested a half-season in Brazilian F3 last year before his first full campaign in cars this term, pipped Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen team-mate Markus Pommer and Carlin's George Russell.

Most of the leading times came in the first half of the opening 40-minute session, because the Kumho tyres used for the Masters have a relatively short peak operating window of three or four laps, and nearly everyone elected not to use any more than one set on Friday in order to save rubber for qualifying and the two races.

Sette Camara was on top just before the first of three red flags that interrupted the opening session, and his time remained unbeaten.

"The team has been helping me a lot with my driving - we started the process from nearly zero," he said, "and of course Markus is a great reference.

"Our cars performed well on this track in FIA F3 [in which Pommer won at Zandvoort in July], and they won last year at the Masters on the Kumhos [with Max Verstappen], even if it was with the older car."

Antonio Giovinazzi anchored the timesheets in the first session after causing the first red flag when he lost downforce behind another car and understeered into the gravel trap at the penultimate corner.

But the Italian was ominously comfortable in putting his Carlin machine to the top of the order in the second session, setting a series of laps that at the time were quicker than anyone else could manage.

That was before Arjun Maini had two new left-side tyres fitted to his Van Amersfoort Racing machine, the Indian closing to 0.043 seconds off Giovinazzi.

Sette Camara was third in this session, just ahead of Callum Ilott. English Red Bull Junior Ilott was fourth in the first period too, only for a snapped left-rear wheelrim to pitch him heavily into the barriers at the ultra-fast Scheivlak.

The Carlin F3 team is admittedly well practised in miracle repair jobs this year, but did a sterling job to get Ilott back on track just 15 minutes into the second session.

Another Motopark runner, Nabil Jeffri, was fifth in each session, while Alessio Lorandi, Sam MacLeod and Raoul Hyman finished the day in the overall top 10.

Hyman caused the only red flag of the second session when he spun at Scheivlak, bending a wishbone when he tapped the wall.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.291s -
2 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.335s 0.044s
3 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.349s 0.058s
4 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.520s 0.229s
5 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.531s 0.240s
6 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.552s 0.261s
7 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.619s 0.328s
8 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.650s 0.359s
9 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.999s 0.708s
10 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m33.066s 0.775s
11 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.788s 1.497s
12 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.811s 1.520s
13 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m33.963s 1.672s
14 Felix Serralles Jo Zeller Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.339s 2.048s
15 Dennis Olsen ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 1m34.574s 2.283s
16 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.699s 2.408s
17 Yarin Stern Team West-Tec Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.273s 2.982s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m36.353s 4.062s

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.504s -
2 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.547s 0.043s
3 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.769s 0.265s
4 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.942s 0.438s
5 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.959s 0.455s
6 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.226s 0.722s
7 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.277s 0.773s
8 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.277s 0.773s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.361s 0.857s
10 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.433s 0.929s
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m33.672s 1.168s
12 Dennis Olsen ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 1m33.874s 1.370s
13 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m34.047s 1.543s
14 Felix Serralles Jo Zeller Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.089s 1.585s
15 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.377s 1.873s
16 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.455s 1.951s
17 Yarin Stern Team West-Tec Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.565s 2.061s
18 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.868s 2.364s


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