Fukuzumi leads ART 1-2-3 in Day 1 of GP3 testing

Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi was quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions of the first GP3 test day in Abu Dhabi.

While he was quickest by half a second in the first session, Fukuzumi recorded the best time of the day, a 1m55.479s, in the subsequent afternoon running.

Jack Aitken, who spent the season with Arden but switched to ART for the first two days of the test, was second on both occasions.

George Russell completed an ART 1-2-3 in the overall classification, going just two hundredths slower than Aitken in the afternoon.

Trident's Arjun Maini was best of the rest in fourth ahead of Santino Ferrucci, who is set to stay in GP3 for another year, and F3 convert Alessio Lorandi.

Former BRDC F4 title contender Raoul Hyman, who only took part in one European F3 and British F3 round each this year, was seventh.

Ferrari's Giuliano Alesi, who will stay with Trident in GP3 in 2017, was more than a second off the pace in eighth.

Steijn Schothorst and European F3 regular Ryan Tveter completed the top 10, driving for DAMS and Trident respectively.

UPDATE: Changes in the lineup for Day 2 feature Anthoine Hubert driving for ART with GP3 regulars Kevin Jorg and Tatiana Calderon joining Arden and DAMS respectively.

Maini will switch to ART with Fukuzumi and Russell both missing the day.

Ferrucci and Matheus Leist, 15th quickest today with Arden, will drive for Trident while Schothorst will move to the aforementioned British team.

Tarun Reddy will replace Hyman at DAMS, the latter filling in for the Indian at Koiranen.

Jenzer and Campos have not changed their lineups.

Day 1 results

Pos. Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1  Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:55.853 1:55.479
2  Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:56.408 1:55.712
3  George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:56.522 1:55.732
4  Arjun Maini Trident 1:56.460 1:56.062
5  Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:56.726 1:56.108
6  Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.841 1:56.123
7  Raoul Hyman DAMS 1:57.281 1:56.253
8  Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:56.550 1:56.491
9  Steijn Schothorst DAMS 1:56.793 1:56.558
10  Ryan Tveter Trident 1:57.048 1:56.582
11  Niko Kari Arden International 1:56.588 2:00.824
12  Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1:57.610 1:56.629
13  Dorian Boccolacci Arden International 1:57.749 1:56.756
14  Patricio O'Ward Koiranen GP 1:58.063 1:56.757
15  Matheus Leist Arden International 1:57.279 1:56.839
16  Max Defourny ART Grand Prix 1:57.629 1:56.892
17  Bruno Baptista Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.550 1:57.016
18  Pedro Cardoso Trident 1:57.392 1:57.112
19  Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 1:58.473 1:57.164
20  Robert Shwartzman Koiranen GP 1:59.283 1:57.346
21  Julian Falchero Campos Racing 1:58.481 1:57.355
22  Tarun Reddy Koiranen GP 1:59.520 1:57.766
23  Petru Florescu Campos Racing 2:01.085 1:59.387

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Series GP3
Drivers Nirei Fukuzumi
Teams ART Grand Prix
Article type Testing report