Imola – EL3: Ferrari still at the front, a Peugeot in the gravel

Ferrari continued its momentum by securing the best time in Free Practice 3 at Imola, thanks to Antonio Fuoco in the no.499 50P. The two BMWs completed the Top 3, while a Peugeot caused a red flag at the end of the session.

Published on 20/04/2024 à 12:10

Dorian Grangier

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Imola – EL3: Ferrari still at the front, a Peugeot in the gravel

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  • Three out of three for Ferrari before qualifying for the 6H of Imola! Like the first two sessions organized the day before, the Prancing Horse finished at the top of the standings during Free Practice 3. Antonio Fuoco set the best time of the session aboard the #499 Ferrari 50P in 1'31"238, a slower time than that achieved during of EL2 on Friday.
  • Little surprise up front: after a quiet Friday, BMW turned on the power this Saturday morning and both cars finished in the Top 3, with the #15 ahead of the #20. The two BMWs are surrounded by the Ferraris, since the private 499P from the AF Corse team set the 4th time.
  • Alessandro Pier Guidi led this session aboard the third Ferrari entered, the No. 51. The Italian driver first spun after the Variante Villeneuve, before hitting the gravel near Rivazza, fortunately without consequences...
  • …which is not the case for Peugeot n°94 by Paul di Resta. The Scotsman went straight ahead as he approached Rivazza, a few minutes before the end of the session, causing a red flag and the premature end of Free Practice 3. If the 9X8 version 2024 did not hit the wall, she remained motionless in the gravel trap, before leaving a few minutes later. At the start of the session, Stoffel Vandoorne also went straight into the Tamburello sequence with the #94, forcing the French team to bring the car in to check the damage.

  • In the ranking, it's a group shot for the French Hypercars, at the gates of the Top 10: the Peugeot finished 11th and 12th, while the Alpine ranked 13th and 14th.
  • In the LMGT3, Aston Martin signs a double in this last session of Free Practice 3, with the D'station Racing n°777 ahead of the Heart of Racing n°27. Like the Hypercars, BMW is placed before qualifying, since the No. 4 M3 GT31 of Team WRT made it into the Top 3 of the session.

6H of Imola, Free Practice 3 – Ranking

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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