Giuliano Alesi leads the way in Abu Dhabi

//Giuliano Alesi leads the way in Abu Dhabi

Giuliano Alesi leads the way in Abu Dhabi

Frenchman claims top spot in free practice
Giuliano Alesi has set the pace for the final round of the 2018 GP3 Series by grabbing the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit with a time of 1:55.676, going purple in all 3 sectors late in the session for a lap which was 0.892s faster than teammate David Beckmann and Gabriel Aubry, who both set the same best time earlier in the day.
The session opened to the expected blue skies and building heat so familiar to everyone at the circuit, with most of the runners heading out when the lights went green but ART and Trident holding fire for a while: Beckmann was the last driver on track at the 15 minute mark just as ART annexed the top 3, with series leader Anthoine Hubert leading the way ahead of Callum Ilott and Nikita Mazepin.
Hubert went quicker still next time round, laying down a marker for his title intentions, while Beckmann slotted in a tenth behind him to show that his late season form was continuing. With most of the field having a wealth of experience at the circuit there was little in the way of off-track activity, although Alesi briefly slowed half an hour in before getting underway once more.
Leonardo Pulcini was also determined to show that his recent good form reflected his true ability by setting the pace with 15 minutes remaining, setting a new target for his rivals. Hubert improved but not by enough, while Mazepin ran well wide before regaining the track at the Viceroy section. All eyes were on Aubry as he was setting purple sectors, but just ahead of him Beckman claimed the top spot with a concise and flowing lap, while the Frenchman ran wide at the final corner to match the German’s time to the thousandth, with rookie Jehan Daruvala slotting just 0.02 behind the pair.
With 2 minutes remaining Alesi struck, setting the pace in every sector to bring home a lap that smashed his rivals dreams: Beckmann improved on the first sector but was well off in the second, and the session was done. Behind the top 4 Joey Mawson was the only other driver within a second of Alesi, finishing ahead of Sacha Fenestraz, Pulcini, Hubert, Richard Verschoor, Ryan Tveter, Jake Hughes and Mazepin as they returned to the paddock to plan their qualifying strategies.
Free Practice Times
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:55.676
18
2
David Beckmann
Trident
1:56.568
12
3
Gabriel Aubry
Arden International
1:56.568
18
4
Jehan Daruvala
MP Motorsport
1:56.589
20
5
Joey Mawson
Arden International
1:56.655
17
6
Sacha Fenestraz
Arden International
1:57.053
18
7
Leonardo Pulcini
Campos Racing
1:57.116
16
8
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:57.170
16
9
Devlin DeFrancesco
MP Motorsport
1:57.170
18
10
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:57.259
18
11
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:57.277
15
12
Jake Hughes
ART Grand Prix
1:57.311
17
13
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
1:57.393
16
14
Juan-Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.453
17
15
Diego Menchaca
Campos Racing
1:57.579
18
16
Simo Laaksonen
Campos Racing
1:57.588
17
17
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:57.727
15
18
Tatiana Calderon
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.826
18
19
Callum Ilott
ART Grand Prix
1:57.847
16
20
Jannes Fittje
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.579
17
2018-11-23T09:08:25+00:00November 23rd, 2018|GP 3 Series|