Panis sweeps opening day of F3.5 Barcelona test

Arden Motorsport driver Aurelien Panis reigned supreme on the first day of Formula V8 3.5 testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Panis, a former Caterham F1 junior and the son of grand prix winner Olivier, was quickest in the morning and the afternoon, both of his benchmarks good enough to top the day's running.

In the first session, the Frenchman took over at the top with 15 minutes to go and subsequently followed up with another improvement, his 1m30.835s lap ending up as the day's best.

Compatriot Tom Dillmann was almost half a second off in the runner-up spot, ahead of rookie Emil Bernstorff, Pietro Fittipaldi and Force India development driver Alfonso Celis.

In the afternoon, Panis again vaulted to the top in the final minutes, taking the spot off teammate Egor Orudzhev.

New Lotus signing Rene Binder then split the duo at the last second to clinch P2, while SMP's Matthieu Vaxiviere, who was runner-up with Lotus last year, headed Fittipaldi in fourth.

Of the newcomers, Bernstorff ended up eighth overall, with Johnny Cecotto in P15 and Giuseppe Cipriani rounding out the order.

Day 1 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 1:30.835 1:31.156
2 Tom Dillmann AVF 1:31.289 1:32.810
3 Rene Binder Lotus 1:32.630 1:31.295
4 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1:32.676 1:31.323
5 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 1:32.154 1:31.343
6 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 1:31.782 1:31.518
7 Roy Nissany Lotus 1:33.087 1:31.654
8 Emil Bernstorff Strakka Racing 1:31.682 1:31.909
9 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1:31.886 1:31.708
10 Alfonso Celis AVF 1:31.821 1:32.246
11 Matevos Isaakyan Teo Martin Motorsport 1:33.180 1:32.013
12 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 1:32.703 1:32.052
13 Beitske Visser Strakka Racing 1:32.099 1:32.081
14 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 1:33.362 1:32.242
15 Johnny Cecotto RP Motorsport 1:33.258 No Time
16 Vladimir Atoev SMP Racing 1:33.788 1:33.561
17 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 1:38.392 1:38.031

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula V8 3.5
Article type Breaking news