Hungaroring F3: Smolyar tops practice ahead of Hauger

Alexander Smolyar topped practice in FIA Formula 3 at the Hungaroring, pipping Dennis Hauger to the top spot by almost two tenths.

Hungaroring F3: Smolyar tops practice ahead of Hauger

The ART Grand Prix driver, who took pole here last year, set a 1m33.112s in the only practice session of the weekend, with the Prema Racing driver, who leads the championship standings, in second setting a 1m33.294s.

David Schumacher, who took his maiden win at the Red Bull Ring, was in third for Trident, three tenths off the pace, with his teammate Clement Novalak in fourth. The third Trident car, driven by Jack Doohan, finished in 17th.

Olli Caldwell (Prema) finished in fifth after taking two podium finishes during the last round at the Red Bull Ring, with the ART of Frederik Vesti in sixth after taking victory at the feature race last time out.

Jake Hughes, who finished seventh in last year’s drivers’ standings, is driving for Carlin in place of Kaylen Frederick this weekend after the American driver injured his thumb in an incident at the Red Bull Ring, and finished seventh.

15 minutes into the session, Vesti was the driver to beat, having set a 1m35.723s to lead the running.

Hauger quickly went top with a 1m35.270s before he was beaten to the top spot by MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet, with a 1m35.001s.

Caldwell was first to break into the 1m34s with 20 minutes left of the session with a 1m34.958s.

With less than five minutes to go, Vesti went fastest, before he was beaten by Caldwell and Smolyar, who eventually took the top spot in Hungary.

Campos Racing's Amaury Cordeel was shown the black and white flag for exceeding track limits at Turn 4, with several other drivers including Calan Williams (Jenzer Motorsport) and Juan Manuel Correa of ART also running wide at the same spot.

Qualifying will take place on Friday afternoon to set the grid for Sunday’s feature race, with the top ten reversed to decide the starting positions for Saturday morning’s first sprint race.

Hungaroring F3 - Practice results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap
1 8 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 1'33.112  
2 1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 1'33.294 0.182
3 6 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 1'33.426 0.314
4 5 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 1'33.449 0.337
5 3 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 1'33.609 0.497
6 7 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 1'33.615 0.503
7 24 United Kingdom Jake Hughes United Kingdom Carlin 1'33.691 0.579
8 21 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 1'33.721 0.609
9 11 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 1'33.743 0.631
10 14 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 1'33.752 0.640
11 2 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 1'33.814 0.702
12 25 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 1'33.831 0.719
13 15 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 1'34.009 0.897
14 27 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'34.015 0.903
15 30 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'34.257 1.145
16 9 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 1'34.418 1.306
17 4 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 1'34.512 1.400
18 23 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 1'34.533 1.421
19 10 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 1'34.608 1.496
20 12 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 1'34.696 1.584
21 22 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 1'34.778 1.666
22 18 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'34.848 1.736
23 16 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 1'34.896 1.784
24 31 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'35.076 1.964
25 20 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 1'35.118 2.006
26 28 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'35.318 2.206
27 26 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'35.355 2.243
28 17 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'35.470 2.358
29 29 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1'35.636 2.524
30 19 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 1'36.372 3.260
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