the quickest in the free practice session
At the end of the Formula 3 Euro Series 60-minute free
practice session at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Briton Lewis
Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:33.377 minutes) set
the fastest lap time. On the wet track, Paul di Resta (Manor
Motorsport, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:33.793 minutes) and Guillaume
Moreau (Signature, Dallara-Opel, 1:34.068 minutes) had to
settle for second and third positions respectively, behind
the 20-year old who already secured this years drivers
to the rain, the 22 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers had to cope
with rather difficult conditions on the EuroSpeedways
3.442-kilometre circuit. Hence, nearly nobody survived the
session without spinning or experiencing an off-track moment
here and there.
the end of the day, Hamiltons fastest lap time was 0.416
seconds faster than the one of second placed Paul di Resta.
The McLaren-Mercedes protégé had also been the
quickest in the 60-minute test session held directly prior
to the free practice session, with Guillaume Moreau finishing
second. In the closing minute of the practice session, Scotsman
di Resta and Zandvoort winner Moreau succeeded in passing
Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes, 1:34,097 min) who
had held second position for quite a while. Fabio Carbone
(Signature, SLC R1-Opel, 1:34,658 min) also made it to the
top ten. The only driver of a chassis that wasnt designed
by Dallara took ninth place. Italys Newcomer Paolo Montin
(Ombra Racing, Dallara-Honda, 1:38,592 min) had to settle
for 22nd position, in his first free practice session in the
worlds most competitive young gun series.
Hamilton (ASM F3): An exhausting session as the track
turned out to be extremely slippery. I believe that everybody
has made his off-track experiences. Im happy with my
performance and we were successful when it came to improving
the cars set-up.
di Resta (Manor Motorsport): At the beginning, my car
wasnt good, but we clearly improved it, during the course
of the 60 minutes. At the end of the session I was happy with
it. Maybe I could have been even faster. Yet, racing at the
EuroSpeedway in wet conditions is extremely difficult as the
track surface is very slippery, then.
Moreau (Signature): My car was close to perfect, thus
offering me the chance of setting very good lap times. I was
even second in the test prior to the free practice session
and I hope things will continue this way in the qualifying
session, this afternoon.