Fukuzumi heads Day 1 of GP3 testing at Estoril

ART Grand Prix newcomer Nirei Fukuzumi topped the timesheets on the opening day of GP3 pre-season testing at Estoril.

Honda protege Fukuzumi, who hails from the Japanese F3 series, was quickest amid a flurry of improvements in the closing minutes of the day's running, heading Jake Dennis by 0.016s.

The morning session, taking place on a gradually drying track, was meanwhile topped by Campos driver Steijn Schothorst - with Dennis likewise second and Alexander Albon third.

However, the laptimes increased dramatically in the afteroon, with 16 drivers going above Schothorst's earlier benchmark.

Along with Dennis, also within a tenth of Fukuzumi were two of his teammates - Albon, placing third again, and Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc.

Ex-Formula Renault teammates Jack Aitken and Jake Hughes, now representing Arden and DAMS respectively, were fifth and sixth, ahead of Matt Parry, racing for the very Koiranen team that employed the former duo last year.

Alex Palou, Renault junior Kevin Jorg and series returnee Oscar Tunjo made up the top 10.

Day 1 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:30.754 1:28.656
2 Jake Dennis Arden International 1:30.191 1:28.661
3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:30.417 1:28.705
4 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1:49.396 1:28.735
5 Jack Aitken Arden International 1:31.390 1:28.867
6 Jake Hughes DAMS 1:30.765 1:28.905
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1:30.590 1:28.978
8 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1:30.582 1:29.031
9 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1:31.764 1:29.133
10 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport No Time 1:29.150
11 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1:31.029 1:29.176
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:31.715 1:29.378
13 Artur Janosz Trident 1:31.626 1:29.624
14 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:32.499 1:29.646
15  Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:31.202 1:29.763
16 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:30.546 1:29.777
17 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1:29.792 1:31.060
18 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:31.310 1:30.143
19 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1:31.920 1:30.266
20 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP No Time 1:31.548
21 Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 1:32.576 1:31.694
22 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1:40.830 1:38.694
23 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1:46.339 1:40.681

 

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Series GP3
Event Estoril March testing
Track Circuito Estoril
Article type Breaking news