Eriksson heads Motopark 1-2-3-4 in European F3 test at Vallelunga

European F3 newcomer Joel Eriksson led his three Motopark teammates in the first day of the opening pre-season test at Vallelunga.

And while rain, which commenced during the first session of four, left little opportunity for any of the drivers to improve on their early laps, Motopark's frontrunning pace remained a constant throughout the day as the German team topped three of the four sessions.

In the morning, on a dry track, Eriksson was less than two tenths up on Red Bull protege Niko Kari, with Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou and another Red Bull prospect Sergio Sette Camara locking out the top four.

In worse track conditions, Kari then headed Van Amersfoort Racing duo Pedro Piquet and Callum Ilott in session two, and topped session three as well, followed by Carlin's Alessio Lorandi and Zhou.

The circuit would dry significantly in the fourth session, with Prema's newcomer Nick Cassidy taking the lead late on ahead of Carlin duo Ryan Tveter and Raoul Hyman. 

Cassidy's laptime, however, would still end up around a second short of Eriksson's morning benchmark.

The F3 drivers shared the Vallelunga track with the World Touring Car Championship today, but will have the circuit all to themselves tomorrow, running two sessions for a combined total of seven hours.

Combined testing results

Pos. Driver Team S1 S2 S3 S4
1 Joel Eriksson Motopark 1:28.488 1:41.640 1:40.378 1:39.112
2 Niko Kari Motopark 1:28.642 1:37.046 1:38.489 1:42.626
3 Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 1:28.723 1:40.871 1:38.940 1:43.040
4 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1:28.773 1:41.386 1:39.790 1:40.836
5 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 1:28.956 1:41.577 1:38.927 1:30.440
6 Ryan Tveter Carlin 1:28.981 1:42.213 1:40.088 1:29.656
7 Maximilian Gunther Prema 1:29.120 1:42.898 1:46.703  
8 Raoul Hyman Carlin 1:29.223 1:40.636 1:40.183 1:29.886
9 Lance Stroll Prema 1:29.256 1:41.846 1:43.159  
10 Nick Cassidy Prema 2:00.888 1:43.083 1:43.015 1:29.440
11 Mikkel Jensen Mucke 1:29.718 1:42.725 1:40.193 1:30.056
12 Callum Ilott VAR 1:29.803 1:39.622 1:40.031  
13 Harrison Newey VAR 1:30.740 1:42.071   1:29.959
14 Peter Li Zhi Cong Carlin 1:30.011 1:43.736 1:41.069 1:39.664
15 Arjun Maini T-Sport 1:30.016   1:41.511 1:30.355
16 Pedro Piquet VAR 1:33.879 1:39.457   1:30.072
17 Anthoine Hubert VAR 1:31.034 1:42.003 1:40.797 1:30.221
18 Ben Barnicoat Hitech 1:30.411 1:41.868    
19 Ralf Aron Prema 1:30.497 1:42.747 1:47.850  
20 Nikita Mazepin Hitech 1:30.860 1:42.391    
21 George Russell Hitech 1:32.263 1:41.989    

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Series F3 Europe
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