Italian tops both morning and afternoon pre-season test
Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was quickest in both sessions on the second day of pre-season testing at Circuito Estoril in Portugal. The Italian driver’s best lap time of 1:27.991 set in the morning was two tenths quicker than ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon. Fuoco again headed the timesheet in the afternoon, this time just 0.062s clear of Arden International’s Jack Aitken.
Clouds and cooler temperatures greeted the paddock for testing but importantly the track was dry following overnight rain. DAMS’ Kevin Jörg and Jenzer Motorsport’s Oscar Tunjo set the early pace before Aitken was first to lap in the 1m29s. The times soon improved to 1m28s with Aitken again on top, ahead of Albon and Fuoco at the midway point of the session.
At the start of the final hour, birthday boy Albon bettered Aitken’s laptime by 0.022s to take P1 as the field concentrated on perfecting their set-ups and focusing on longer runs. Fuoco found some extra pace to dip into the 1m27s as the clock ticked down.
At the chequered flag Fuoco remained unchallenged in the 1m27s ahead of Albon, Aitken, Jake Hughes, Nirei Fukuzumi, Charles Leclerc, Nyck de Vries, Tunjo, Alex Palou and Jörg.
The afternoon session commenced after a two hour lunch break as the sun continued to shine down on the track. DAMS’ and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci led the way early on ahead of Jake Dennis and Jörg. Aitken headed to the top of the timesheet at the midway point before his teammate Tatiana Calderon lapped three tenths faster to go P1.
Trident’s Artur Janosz was first to break into the 1m28s in the afternoon before a flurry of changes at the top of the timesheet saw Dennis and Aitken hold an Arden one-two ahead of Ferrucci, Ralph Boschung and Janosz.  The session was halted briefly after a quick spin for Mahaveer Raghunathan, and with 25 minutes left on the clock the session resumed.
There was a second red flag when Leclerc stopped on track with 10 minutes to go. At the re-start, Fuoco was on another flier to take top spot with Aitken 0.062s shy of the Italian’s best effort. At the chequered flag behind Fuoco and Aitken were Janosz, Dennis, de Vries, Matthew Parry, Jörg, Ferrucci, Tunjo and Boschung.
Tomorrow’s third and final day of pre-season testing in Portugal will start at 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour lunch break. The afternoon session will run from 13:00 – 16.00 local time.
Day Two – morning session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:27.991
43
2.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.231
36
3.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.253
26
4.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:28.419
30
5.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:28.481
35
6.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:28.505
41
7.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:28.570
33
8.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.575
39
9.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.667
36
10.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:28.733
32
11.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:28.763
43
12.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.809
15
13.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:28.932
31
14.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:28.977
45
15.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:29.030
25
16.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:29.214
32
17.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:29.342
34
18.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:29.466
28
19.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:29.499
37
20.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.792
30
21.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:30.234
22
22.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:30.698
29
23.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
Afternoon session
1.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:28.079
31
2.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.141
33
3.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:28.193
24
4.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:28.250
39
5.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:28.316
44
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.450
41
7.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:28.552
45
8.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:28.765
33
9.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.790
22
10.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:28.822
23
11.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:29.030
32
12.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:29.128
24
13.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:29.144
32
14.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:29.162
38
15.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:29.322
38
16.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.434
40
17.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:30.637
43
18.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:30.865
40
19.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:30.896
20
20.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:31.216
33
21.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:31.431
41
22.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:31.620
40
23.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:32.342
38