ART Grand Prix driver quickest in Budapest

 

Honda protégé Nirei Fukuzumi set a blazing laptime of 1:31.943 in this morning’s final testing day at the Hungaroring in Budapest to top the overall times for the two days in Budapest, while in the afternoon Raoul Hyman was quickest of a studious session.

 

The second day of mid-season testing opened in slightly windy conditions as the cars fed onto the track for a frantic first half of the session. George Russell was quick to take control of the timesheets, but Giuliano Alesi improved on the Briton’s time by 9 hundredths to move up to P1.

 

On the one hour mark Russell reclaimed the top spot, leaving Leonardo Pulcini, Jack Aitken and Fukuzumi to battle for P2: eventually the Japanese ace found some extra pace to break the 1m32s barrier and move up to P1, while Aitken also improved to take P2 ahead of Russell, making it an all ART top 3.

 

The remainder of the session was trouble free as teams and drivers completed their testing programmes. At the chequered flag, Raoul Hyman, Pulcini, Niko Kari, Alesi, Dorian Boccolacci, Santino Ferrucci and Alessio Lorandi completed the top 10.

 

After a short break, Boccolacci took control of the timesheets and remained top for most of the first hour of the second session until Kari improved on the Frenchman’s time. Lorandi also found some extra pace to move up to P2 just before a brief red flag period courtesy of Alesi, who stopped at the entrance of the pitlane.

 

At the restart, Hyman clocked in a laptime of 1:32.191, three tenths faster than Kari’s best. The Campos racer remained at the top of the standings until the flag dropped, while Lorandi finished P3 ahead of Arjun Maini, Pulcini, Boccolacci, Marcos Siebert, Steijn Schothorst, Alesi and Tatiana Calderon.

 

The GP3 Series paddock will return to action for the second round of the 2017 season on July 7-8-9 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

 

Day 2 Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:31.943 40
2. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:32.003 40
3. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:32.018 41
4. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:32.128 51
5. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:32.204 45
6. Niko Kari Arden International 1:32.223 44
7. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:32.269 36
8. Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.294 40
9. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:32.310 42
10. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.418 37
11. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.472 36
12. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:32.503 39
13. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:32.561 45
14. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:32.581 37
15. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:32.598 46
16. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:32.691 35
17. Kevin Jörg Trident 1:32.730 58
18. Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:32.733 40
19. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:32.976 46

 

Day 2 Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:32.191 45
2. Niko Kari Arden International 1:32.583 31
3. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.643 38
4. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.748 31
5. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:32.787 29
6. Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.894 47
7. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:33.122 33
8. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:33.463 31
9. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:33.660 43
10. Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:33.856 35
11. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:33.890 41
12. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:33.897 39
13. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:33.919 23
14. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:34.184 39
15. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:34.275 43
16. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:34.993 35
17. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:35.051 30
18. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:35.226 41
19. Kevin Jörg Trident 1:35.697 28