Mick Schumacher topped the opening day of pre season European Formula 3 testing. The son of seven time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher set the day’s overall fastest time throughout opening hour of running in the Hungaroring, and it stayed unbeaten from the 23 car field following a total of five and a half a hour split across two sessions. Schumacher, who took one podium finish in his rookie F3 season last year, whisked his Prema Powerteam run vehicle around the head of Hitech GP version pushed by Alex Palou by 0.081 seconds from the short, two hour morning session.
Palou led majority of the longer mid-day period, and after that lowered his time by the end of the day to just 0.044s adrift of Schumacher’s dawn attempt. Aside from Schumacher, Prema had three additional drivers in the top 5, with dominating Italian Formula 4 champion and Ferrari protege Marcus Armstrong pipping 3rd Year F3 racers Ralf Aron and Guan Yu Zhou into the next fastest time, all set throughout the opening hour of the day. Most of Carlin’s drivers set their fastest times in the mid-day, with Formula Renault Eurocup champion Sacha Fenestraz and Force India protege Jehan Daruvala finish that period second and 3rd, their times placing them 6th and 7th on the day.
The exclusion was Ferdinand Habsburg, who had been the top Carlin runner in the morning, but went faster in the mid-day, slipping to eighth overall. Enaam Ahmed, winner of the 2017 BRDC F3 title, made a vast improvement from the mid-day to plant his Hitech car in sixth position in session, ninth on the day. Ahmed’s performance also meant that he shaded Macau Grand Prix winner and Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum dawn attempt by 0.001s. Ticktum headed the six strong Motopark teams, but only by a few hundredths from South African Jonathan Aberdein, who’s a graduate of German F4. The test carries on Friday, before the Brief trip to the Red Bull Ring for more jogging following Monday and Tuesday.