Beckmann, Norris lead wet Spa F3 test day

David Beckmann topped a wet European Formula 3 test at Spa, with Lando Norris heading the second session as the field gears up for this weekend’s 24 Hours support round.

Beckmann, Norris lead wet Spa F3 test day

Beckmann, 17, stamped his time in early in the day before heavier rain wiped out any chance of improvement for much of the morning session.

The German’s Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen set three laps quicker than the best anyone else could manage, and finished the opening three hours of running 1.111 seconds clear.

Teammate and title contender Joel Eriksson was one of the few to improve as the track became less wet in the closing stages, his time lifting him to second position ahead of Carlin driver Norris.

Next up were Van Amersfoort Racing pairing Joey Mawson and Pedro Piquet, with Callum Ilott rounding out the top six in the leading Prema Powerteam entry.

The two-hour lunchtime session again featured most of the quick times being set relatively early on, and Norris’s best was never beaten, the McLaren junior lapping just 0.132s short of Beckmann’s morning effort.

Again there was a minor flurry of late improvements, with Beckmann leapfrogging Ilott on the final lap as the chequered flag flew to lift himself to second place, although he remained 0.342s adrift of Norris’s session topper.

Eriksson was fourth this time, ahead of Prema’s championship leader Maximilian Gunther, who bounced back from a crash in the morning session.

Force India protege Jehan Daruvala was another to improve on the final lap, lifting his Carlin car to sixth in the session.

Testing times:

Pos. Driver Team MorningAfternoon 
 David Beckmann Motopark 2'31.404 2'31.878
 Lando Norris Carlin 2'32.566 2'31.536
 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam 2'32.970 2'31.943
 Joel Eriksson Motopark 2'32.515 2'32.435
 5   Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 2'33.427 2'32.596
 6   Jehan Daruvala Carlin 2'33.425 2'32.621
 Ralf Aron Hitech GP 2'33.106 2'32.669
 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 2'32.692 2'33.665
 Guan Yu Zhou  Prema Powerteam 2'33.045
10   Jake Hughes Hitech GP 2'33.079 2'32.807
11   Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 2'32.828 2'33.936
12   Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 2'33.468 2'32.919
13   Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 2'34.255 2'32.958
14   Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 2'33.152 2'34.322
15   Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 2'33.297 2'33.409
16   Max Defourny Van Amersfoort Racing 2'33.915 2'33.303
17   Keyvan Andres Motopark 2'33.957 2'33.335
18   Marino Sato Motopark 2'33.720 2'33.778
19   Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 2'37.270 2'34.511
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