ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc fastest overall in Yas Marina

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc posted the quickest time in both the morning and afternoon session on the third and final day of post-season testing. His best laptime of 1:54.571 was 0.220ss faster than Kevin Joerg (testing for Arden International). Jake Hughes was third (Arden).

On day three of testing around the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, there was one new face to the line-up: Argentine Marcos Siebert came in to test the #20 Jenzer Motorsport machine. Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry led early on in the session ahead of Leclerc – the Monegasque driver returning to the French squad for the final day of the test.

Parry was first to dip into the 1m55’s until Hughes went top. The Arden tester improved on his next lap to increase the deficit to Parry to 0.164s. There was a short stoppage in proceedings when Santino Ferrucci (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track.

Once the track was green, Joerg wasted no time in heading to the top of the timesheet to lap three tenths faster than Hughes. There was a second red flag period when Nabil Jeffri (Koiranen GP) made contact with the barrier at Turn 20 and damaged his rear wing.
Leclerc soon rose to second and on the following lap he climbed to the head of the timings as fellow ART GP tester Albon lapped third quickest. At the chequered flag Leclerc remained on top ahead of Joerg, Albon, Hughes, Leonardo Pulcini (Trident), Parry, Jack Aitken (Status Grand Prix), Konstantin Tereshchenko (Campos Racing), Ralph Boschung (Arden International) and Antonio Fuoco (Status).
As the final session of the season got underway – Boschung set the initial pace before Leclerc returned to the top spot. Hughes was first to break into the 1m55’s before Albon bettered his time with Joerg up to third.Leclerc again showed his pace to re-take P1 with him and Albon trading the top spot numerous times as they both gained time. Swiss rookie Joerg lapped a tenth faster than the pair, but it was only a matter of moments before Leclerc reclaimed the head of the timesheet with the best time of the three day test-session. The Monegasque debutant was first set to set a time within the 1:54’s which was six tenths faster than Joerg.
The Arden tester responded to close the margin down to two tenths as the clock ticked down but we and the remainder of the field were unable to challenge the marker laid down by Leclerc. At the chequered flag behind Leclerc and Joerg were: Pulcini, Tereshchenko, Albon, Parry, Aitken, Steijn Schothorst (Trident) and Santino Ferrucci (Status Grand Prix).
Yas Marina: Day 3
Morning Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:55.115
22
2.
Kevin Joerg
Arden International
1:55.173
23
3.
Alex Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:55.485
29
4.
Jake Hughes
Arden International
1:55.488
19
5.
Leonardo Pulcini
Trident
1:55.605
33
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:55.652
22
7.
Jack Aitken
Status Grand Prix
1:55.836
24
8.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:55.849
23
9.
Ralph Boschung
Arden International
1:55.987
27
10.
Antonio Fuoco
Status Grand Prix
1:56.069
21
11.
Nabil Jeffri
Koiranen GP
1:56.158
22
12.
Steijn Schothorst
Trident
1:56.241
30
13.
Santino Ferrucci
Status Grand Prix
1:56.605
21
14.
Giuliano Alesi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.729
24
15.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:56.861
4
16.
Will Palmer
ART Grand Prix
1:56.994
27
17.
Nico Rindlisbacher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.185
26
18.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Trident
1:57.221
30
19.
Antoni Ptak
Campos Racing
1:57.250
30
20.
Marcos Siebert
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.390
30
21.
Rahul Raj Mayer
Campos Racing
1:57.599
35
Afternoon Results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:54.571
38
2.
Kevin Joerg
Arden International
1:54.791
27
3.
Jake Hughes
Arden International
1:54.927
24
4.
Leonardo Pulcini
Trident
1:55.174
34
5.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:55.334
28
6.
Alex Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:55.370
35
7.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:55.402
26
8.
Jack Aitken
Status Grand Prix
1:55.438
29
9.
Steijn Schothorst
Trident
1:55.481
29
10.
Santino Ferrucci
Status Grand Prix
1:55.790
31
11.
Ralph Boschung
Arden International
1:55.799
22
12.
Will Palmer
ART Grand Prix
1:55.910
34
13.
Antonio Fuoco
Status Grand Prix
1:55.929
25
14.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:56.190
11
15.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Trident
1:56.454
36
16.
Marcos Siebert
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.573
30
17.
Nico Rindlisbacher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.695
37
18.
Giuliano Alesi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.772
37
19.
Rahul Raj Mayer
Campos Racing
1:57.146
35
20.
Antoni Ptak
Campos Racing
1:57.161
35
21.
Nabil Jeffri
Koiranen GP
1:58.173
20