The Hitech Grand Prix driver set a 1m25.535s to steer the primary session out on the renovated Dutch observe, per week after becoming the youngest ever F3 podium finisher in the first race at Spa, but in addition triggered one of many pink flags by going into the gravel at Flip 12.
Alexander Smolyar was second quickest for ART Grand Prix, simply over a tenth slower than the American, with team-mate Frederik Vesti and Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger in third and fourth respectively.
Mercedes junior Vesti had been on track to set a fast lap however locked up and ran large into the gravel on the sharp Flip 11 right-hander. When he went out once more ten minutes into the session, he set a 1m26.654s to high the timesheets.
Crawford’s 2020 ADAC Components 4 rival Jonny Edgar (Carlin) and Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran nearly made contact whereas lining as much as begin a quick lap, with visitors almost catching out a number of drivers on this quick lap.
Crimson Bull junior Ayuma Iwasa then had an enormous spin popping out of the banking at Flip 3, narrowly lacking a collision with the wall to maintain his Hitech Grand Prix-run automobile going.
Crawford then capped an eventful first quarter-hour by working large on the left-hand Flip 12 hairpin, prompting a pink flag for the massive quantity of on-track gravel to be cleared.
The session resumed with 20 minutes on the clock, with Prema’s Olli Caldwell additionally dipping a wheel into the gravel, whereas Johnathan Hoggard (Jenzer) bumped throughout the exit of the banked Flip 3.
Trident’s Jack Doohan, who’s second within the drivers standings, was first to interrupt into the 1m25s, setting a 1m25.863s that was over two-tenths faster than Hauger’s earlier quickest time. The Australian ultimately completed the session in sixth.
Simply six minutes after racing resumed, the pink flag was waved for a second time after native driver Tijmen van der Helm (MP Motorsport) ran large on the tight Flip 8 right-hander and located the wall.
The session was green-flagged with minutes remaining, with Doohan and Hauger tussling for the highest spot earlier than Crawford went quickest of all on a 1m25.535s.