GP3: Fukuzumi leads first day in Barcelona

//GP3: Fukuzumi leads first day in Barcelona

GP3: Fukuzumi leads first day in Barcelona

Japanese driver tops the afternoon session for day 1 honours


Nirei Fukuzumi has grabbed the top of the timesheets for the first day of the second GP3 Series pre-season test of 2017, leading the way this afternoon in a warm and dry session at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona with an early laptime of 1:33.685, four tenths faster than ART teammate Anthoine Hubert and Arjun Maini, who claimed the honours in the morning’s wet/dry session.


The morning session was unexpectedly cold and wet, with no meaningful running for the first half of the session. It was only around the second hour that drivers were switching to slicks and setting competitive times: with Fukuzumi led the way, swapping the top spot with Niko Kari and Santino Ferrucci before reclaiming P1 until just with ten minutes to go Maini grabbed the top spot by half a second, and then went even quicker with 5 minutes remaining to top the session on 1:34.163, ahead of Kari and Ferrucci.


The sun returned over the lunch break to give the field markedly better conditions to run, but the session was marred by a number of red flag periods: at 30 minutes Kari stopped with a mechanical gremlin at turn 4, on the hour Leonardo Pulcini pulled up at turn 6, twenty minutes later Dorian Boccolacci stopped at turn 10, and finally with fifty minutes remaining George Russell ground to a halt at turn 12. Pulcini and Boccolacci were found to be underweight on their return to the pits, and as such their times for the session were deleted.


Between the stoppages the ART quartet were battling for the top spot, with Russell setting the first competitive time before Fukuzumi grabbed it at around the one hour mark, and despite many challengers the Japanese driver held on from Hubert, with Maini pipping Russell for P3 in the final few minutes of the session.


Battle recommences tomorrow for the final day of the Barcelona test, with two sessions running from 09:00 local time until 12:00 and from 13:00 until closing at 16:00.


Day 1 Morning results


  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.163 24
2 Niko Kari Arden International 1:34.522 23
3 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:34.651 16
4 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:34.761 45
5 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:34.828 19
6 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:34.877 18
7 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:34.929 12
8 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:35.146 13
9 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.173 16
10 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:35.249 19
11 Kevin Joerg Trident 1:35.261 14
12 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:35.330 19
13 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:35.379 45
14 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:35.407 25
15 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:35.415 17
16 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:35.639 17
17 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:35.748 41
18 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:36.094 40
19 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:36.545 12


Day 1 Afternoon results


  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:33.685 47
2. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:34.120 40
3. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.460 44
4. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:34.556 37
5. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.647 41
6. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:34.670 38
7. Kevin Joerg Trident 1:34.791 41
8. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:34.793 39
9. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:34.825 43
10. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:35.012 43
11. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:35.062 43
12. Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:35.417 40
13. Niko Kari Arden International 1:35.448 38
14. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:35.475 37
15. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:35.524 44
16. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:35.884 45
17. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:38.167 35

Not classified:

  Dorian Boccolacci Trident    
  Leonardo Pulcini Arden International    
2018-07-17T23:02:01+00:00April 19th, 2017|GP 3 Series|