GP3: Fukuzumi fastest on day one in Estoril

//GP3: Fukuzumi fastest on day one in Estoril

GP3: Fukuzumi fastest on day one in Estoril

ART Grand Prix rookie leads the way in pre-season testing
The 2016 season officially got underway today with day one of pre-season testing at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal. Three days of testing will take place here this week following the successful shakedown of the new GP3/16 car earlier this month. Japanese Nirei Fukuzumi posted the quickest time of the day which was set in the afternoon with a 1:28.645. Dutchman Steijn Schothorst was quickest in the morning session.
Following rain overnight, the track was wet at the start of the session, but with clear skies and the temperature gradually warming up, it wasn’t long before all the drivers switched to the slick Pirelli tyre.
In the opening hour, six drivers had posted a laptime – with the rest completing an installation lap. There was an early stoppage after Arden International’s Tatiana Calderon stopped on track with technical gremlins. Once the session resumed, DAMS’ rookie Jake Hughes went fastest lapping in the 1m31s.
There was a second red flag after Campos Racing’s Konstantin Tereshchenko ran off into the gravel. The track was green soon after with Hughes improving on his personal best to lap in the 1m30s. Albon displaced the Brit to head the timesheet at the start of the final hour until Jake Dennis bettered his time by two tenths to go top.
With three minutes left on the clock, Schothorst was first to dip into the 1m29s barrier to finish the morning session in P1 ahead of Dennis, Albon, Santino Ferrucci, Alex Palou, Matthew Parry, Fukuzumi, Jake Hughes, Ralph Boschung and Konstantin Tereshchenko.
Following a two hour lunch break, the afternoon session commenced in very high winds. It was Charles Leclerc who was fastest out of the blocks in the 1m30s before Albon lapped in the 1m29s ahead of Hughes and Kevin Jörg. It was an ART GP one-two when Leclerc shot up to P2 behind his Thai teammate, with Trident’s Giuliano Alesi and Artur Janosz completing the top five.
It was all change at the front as the clock ticked down – Parry broke into the 1m28s to take P1, ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Oscar Tunjo and Koiranen GP’ Ralph Boschung. The third red flag of the day was due to Tereshchenko stopping on track. Once his car was swiftly returned to the pitlane there was a frenetic end to the session. Fukuzumi flew to the top of the standings, a mere 0.015s ahead of Dennis, with his time unbeaten at the chequered flag. Albon, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Hughes, Parry, Palou, Jörg, and Tunjo rounded out the top ten.
Day One – morning session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:29.792
26
2.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:30.191
17
3.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:30.417
25
4.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:30.546
31
5.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:30.582
25
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:30.590
12
7.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:30.754
30
8.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:30.765
30
9.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:31.029
18
10.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:31.202
18
11.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:31.310
23
12.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:31.390
14
13.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:31.626
25
14.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:31.715
21
15.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:31.764
17
16.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:31.920
28
17.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:32.499
12
18.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:32.576
9
19.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:40.830
35
20.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:46.339
27
21.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:49.396
5
22.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
23.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
Afternoon session
1.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:28.645
39
2.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:28.661
15
3.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.705
36
4.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:28.735
36
5.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.867
27
6.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:28.905
26
7.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.978
21
8.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:29.031
29
9.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:29.133
33
10.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.150
35
11.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:29.176
25
12.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:29.378
33
13.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.624
30
14.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:29.646
27
15.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:29.763
29
16.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:29.777
28
17.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:30.143
25
18.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:30.266
26
19.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:31.060
35
20.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:31.548
34
21.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:31.694
22
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:38.694
50
23.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:40.681
37
2018-07-17T23:08:32+00:00March 22nd, 2016|GP 3 Series|