Barcelona GP3: Honda junior Fukuzumi leads first practice of 2017

Nirei Fukuzumi topped the practice session for the first round of the 2017 GP3 season, which is taking place at Barcelona this weekend.

Barcelona GP3: Honda junior Fukuzumi leads first practice of 2017

Fukuzumi – a Honda Formula 1 junior driver – set a best time of 1m35.933s and led an ART Grand Prix 1-2-3-4 for much of practice.

But Jenzer Motorsport’s Arjun Maini improved in the closing stages of the 45-minute session to go second, 0.3s slower than Fukuzumi.

Marcos Siebert, who beat Mick Schumacher to the 2016 Italian Formula 4 title, slotted into third place on his first appearance in a GP3 race weekend.

Arden’s Leonardo Pulcini was another driver to move up the order late on and he finished fourth ahead of Mercedes F1 junior George Russell and his ART team-mate Jack Aitken – a Renault F1 Academy driver.

Fukuzumi had led ART’s charge to the top of the timesheets early on in the session and he stayed clear despite the late improvements from Maini, Siebert and Pulcini.

Niko Kari ended up seventh for Arden, ahead of Ryan Tveter, Steijn Schothorst and Raoul Hyman, who rounded out the top 10 for Campos Racing.

Santino Ferrucci was 11th, just in front of Anthoine Hubert and Trident’s Kevin Jorg.

Giuliano Alesi – son of former F1 race winner Jean – needed a push from his Trident mechanics in the pitlane as he rejoined the action shortly after halfway through the session on his way to 15th.

Sauber F1 development driver Tatiana Calderon finished 18th for DAMS.

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Practice results

Pos.#DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 2 japan  Nirei Fukuzumi france ART Grand Prix 17 1'35.933  
2 24 india Arjun Maini switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 20 1'36.286 0.353
3 28 argentina  Marcos Siebert spain Campos Racing 18 1'36.293 0.360
4 6 italy Leonardo Pulcini united_kingdom Arden International 17 1'36.352 0.419
5 3 united_kingdom George Russell france ART Grand Prix 17 1'36.382 0.449
6 1 united_kingdom Jack Aitken france ART Grand Prix 17 1'36.386 0.453
7 5 finland Niko Kari united_kingdom Arden International 17 1'36.431 0.498
8 11 united_states Ryan Tveter italy Trident 14 1'36.441 0.508
9 7 netherlands Steijn Schothorst united_kingdom Arden International 17 1'36.455 0.522
10 27 south_africa Raoul Hyman spain Campos Racing 21 1'36.517 0.584
11 14 united_states Santino Ferrucci france DAMS 18 1'36.521 0.588
12 4 france Anthoine Hubert france ART Grand Prix 18 1'36.619 0.686
13 9 switzerland  Kevin Jörg italy Trident 16 1'36.669 0.736
14 16 brazil Bruno Baptista france DAMS 17 1'37.047 1.114
15 10 france Giuliano Alesi italy Trident 14 1'37.254 1.321
16 12 france Dorian Boccolacci italy Trident 18 1'37.488 1.555
17 26 france Julien Falchero spain Campos Racing 20 1'37.570 1.637
18 15 colombia Tatiana Calderon france DAMS 19 1'37.606 1.673
19 22 italy Alessio Lorandi switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 16 1'38.227 2.294
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