Russell sweeps first day of Hungaroring GP3 test

Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell topped the first day of the in-season GP3 test at the Hungaroring for ART Grand Prix.

Russell sweeps first day of Hungaroring GP3 test
Dorian Boccolacci, Trident
Alessio Lorandi, Jenzer Motorsport
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
Santino Ferrucci, DAMS

Russell, who is currently sixth in the GP3 drivers’ championship standings after the opening round of the season at Barcelona last month, topped the times with a 1m32.159s, which was set late on during the morning running as he traded fastest times with Dorian Boccolacci.

The day ended up finishing an hour later than scheduled as the teams were forced to wait for the Budapest track’s medical set-up to be operational before the morning session could get underway.

Trident driver and 2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner-up Boccolacci ended the day second-fastest after improving his best time to 1m32.436s during the afternoon, which was 0.277s slower than Russell – who also topped the second session – had gone during the morning.

Double Barcelona podium finisher Alessio Lorandi finished third overall, ahead of Renault F1 academy member Jack Aitken and Santino Ferrucci.

Spain sprint race winner Arjun Maini, who like Ferrucci is a Haas F1 development driver, finished sixth, ahead of championship leader and Barcelona Race 1 winner, Nirei Fukuzumi.

Campos Racing duo Raoul Hyman and Marcos Siebert were eighth and ninth, with Trident's Kevin Jorg making up the top 10.

Although the delayed morning session passed without incident, the afternoon running was disrupted twice as DAMS driver Bruno Baptista and Campos’ Julien Falchero stopped out on the circuit and brought out the red flags.

The two-day test at the Hungarian Grand Prix venue concludes tomorrow.

Day 1 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:32.159 1:32.332
2 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.680 1:32.436
3 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.864 1:32.458
4 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:32.654 1:32.547
5 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:32.811 1:32.696
6 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.765 1:32.724
7 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:33.056 1:32.728
8 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:32.913 1:35.680
9 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:33.014 1:32.997
10 Kevin Jorg Trident 1:33.384 1:33.019
11 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:33.273 1:33.025
12 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:33.694 1:33.075
13 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:33.876 1:33.075
14 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:33.352 1:33.275
15 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:34.388 1:33.301
16 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:33.303 1:33.320
17 Niko Kari Arden International 1:34.609 1:33.321
18 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:33.721 1:33.462
19 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:34.099 1:33.837
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