- Lundqvist posts quickest time of the day in dry morning session.
- Piastri tops wet afternoon running.
- Top 12 drivers covered by half a second.
15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist set the pace in testing at Silverstone ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.
Lundqvist was the only driver to break the 57 second barrier in the morning session with a lap of 56.975s; a time that would remain unbeaten with rain prior to the afternoon session seeing drivers take to the track on wet tyres for the duration.
In a frenetic opening 40 minutes which saw drivers jostle for top spot, Lundqvist just edged out TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn. The top three drivers covered by a mere 0.180s.
The trio led the way in the afternoon too, but in slippery conditions it was Piastri who proved quickest with a 1m 04.752s lap, ahead of Lundqvist and Quinn.
“It was a lot of fun out there today and my first time driving around Silverstone in the wet,” said Lundqvist.
“It was a very good Friday for us. We weren’t quite where we wanted to be in testing last week, but we came here confident that we could improve and we’ve done that.
“We have a good base setup for the wet so those conditions didn’t faze us and we were immediately on the pace.
“I’m fifth in the championship right now so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think the pressure is on the other guys really. I’m just going out there to win.
“I feel very comfortable in the car and that’s key. It means you can be relaxed and focus on pushing the limit.
“If you are comfortable in the car and it’s behaving predictably you can focus on taking the best lines and performing at your optimum. This gives you that extra bit of confidence and that can help you to find that extra tenth which is even more important around a relatively short lap like this.”
Added Piastri: “It’s been a really good start to the weekend and great to build on our performance in testing last week when we were P2.
“In the morning Linus was obviously very quick, but we know where we can improve in the dry and in the wet Alex was very strong the whole time. I managed to do a fast lap before the end and that put me P1.
“In the wet there is a lot more variation in terms of lines you can take. It’s a lot more about feeling the car and finding the limit.
“I don’t mind what the weather brings based on the pace we have shown today in both conditions. Hopefully we can build on today and bring home some excellent results.”
Ayrton Simmons underlined TRS Arden’s strength around the Northamptonshire circuit to go fourth quickest in the morning.
Fortec Motorsports were another team to have a solid day’s running, particularly excelling in the dry conditions with all three of their drivers comfortably inside the top 10 and within four tenths of Lundqvist’s time. Fifth, sixth and seventh going the way of Oliver York, Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard respectively.
Behind the Fortec Motorsports runners came Carlin’s title contenders Jamie Caroline and Logan Sargeant; the latter faring well in the damp conditions to be sixth quickest in the afternoon. Team-mate Patrik Pasma is another who enjoyed the wet running going fourth quickest.
Meanwhile, JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman bounced back brilliantly from no running in the morning to go eighth quickest by the time the chequered flag fell on the day.
Sam Smelt put in a time good enough for the top 10; his Friday running suggesting he is more than capable of continuing both his and GW Motorsport’s point-scoring form.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost qualifying gets underway at 1055 tomorrow, with the lights due to go out for Round 25 of the championship at 1600. Two further races follow on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 from 1630.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Leading testing times Silverstone 15 September 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 56.975 / 1:04.864
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.104 / 1:04.752
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.155 / 1:04.908
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 57.259 / 1:05.083
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.291 / 1:05.315
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 57.294 / 1:06.891
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 57.328 / 1:05.613
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 57.332 / 1:05.804
9 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 57.383 / 1:05.136
10 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW 57.406 / 1:05.946 etc.