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Dec 03

GP3: Fuoco fastest on day two of testing

Trident’s Antonio Fuoco quickest overall in Yas Marina

GP3 Antonio Fuoco (Trident) Trident tester and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco was quickest overall on day two of post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. His best laptime of 1:55.135 was 0.058s faster than Arden International’s Jake Dennis in the morning session. Jack Aitken also from Arden, posted the fastest time of the afternoon session with 1:55.164.

There were several new faces to the driver line-up for day two of testing: Nyck De Vries (NED) and Alex Albon (THA) came in at ART Grand Prix, along with Rahul Raj Mayer joining Campos Racing.

There was an early red flag after the aforementioned Mayer spun at Turn 4. Once the action resumed, the Trident pair of Kevin Joerg and Fuoco led the way. There was a second stoppage in proceedings after Jenzer Motorsport’s Antoni Ptak made contact with the Tech-Pro barrier at Turn 19. The Polish driver returned to the pitlane and the track went live.

It was a battle of the Trident testers with Fuoco taking P1 from Joerg. Dennis shot up to second but Joerg returned to the top spot and was first to dip into the 1m55’s. There was another short interruption to the session when Campos Racing’s Konstantin Tereshchenko stopped at Turn 9.

When the track went green; Dennis and Leclerc – the Monegasque driver making the switch to Arden from ART GP for day two – lit up the timing screens to hold a one-two. Fuoco found some more pace to return to the head of the timesheet by three tenths and improved on his next lap to find another tenth’s advantage.

At the chequered flag, Fuoco finished on top ahead of Dennis, Leclerc, Matevos Isaakyan (Koiranen GP), Aitken, Jake Hughes (Status Grand Prix), Joerg, Matthew Parry (Koiranen GP), Nirei Fukuzumi (ART Grand Prix) and Steijn Schothorst.

Dennis set the pace early on in the afternoon session before fellow Arden tester Hughes grabbed P1. Albon rose up the order to second before fastest driver from this morning, Fuoco, topped the timesheet. The Italian was first to break into the 1m55’s. There was a short red flag period when Schothorst stopped at Turn 7.

Dennis reclaimed his place at the head of the timings with less than 20 minutes to go, lapping a tenth faster than Fuoco. But Aitken improved too, and claimed P1 by 0.187s. Shortly after, Will Palmer (Status Grand Prix) made contact with the barrier and thus the session was red flagged and not re-started with less than five minutes remaining on the clock.

The top ten were as follows: Aitken, Dennis, Fuoco, Joerg, Hughes, Leclerc, Albon, Parry, Tatiana Calderon (Status Grand Prix), Leonardo Pulcini (Jenzer Motorsport).

The third and final day of testing will run from 09.00 – 11.30 // and 15:00 – 17:30 local times (GMT+4).

Yas Marina: Day 2

Morning Results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Antonio Fuoco Trident 1:55.135 21
2. Jake Dennis Arden International 1:55.193 26
3. Charles Leclerc Arden International 1:55.423 30
4. Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1:55.429 17
5. Jack Aitken Arden International 1:55.445 27
6. Jake Hughes Status Grand Prix 1:55.475 26
7. Kevin Joerg Trident 1:55.664 26
8. Matthew Parry Koiranen GP 1:55.685 17
9. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:55.861 30
10. Steijn Schothorst Trident 1:56.196 23
11. Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:56.288 15
12. Tatiana Calderon Status Grand Prix 1:56.436 22
13. Will Palmer Status Grand Prix 1:56.757 29
14. Nabil Jeffri Koiranen GP 1:56.783 21
15. Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:56.846 27
16. Alex Albon ART Grand Prix 1:56.874 22
17. Leonardo Pulcini Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.043 24
18. Giuliano Alesi Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.153 29
19. Antoni Ptak Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.644 26
20. Mahaveer Raghunathan Campos Racing 1:57.701 29
21. Rahul Raj Mayer Campos Racing 1:59.433 23
         
  Afternoon Results      
         
  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Jack Aitken Arden Motorsport 1:55.164 26
2. Jake Dennis Arden Motorsport 1:55.351 28
3. Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1:55.500 26
4. Kevin Joerg Trident 1:55.636 19
5. Jake Hughes Status Grand Prix 1:55.649 26
6. Charles Leclerc Arden International 1:55.674 24
7. Alex Albon ART Grand Prix 1:55.989 30
8. Matthew Parry Koiranen GP 1:56.005 22
9. Tatiana Calderon Status Grand Prix 1:56.077 19
10. Leonardo Pulcini Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.084 21
11. Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:56.231 28
12. Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:56.274 26
13. Steijn Schothorst Trident 1:56.383 24
14. Nabil Jeffri Koiranen GP 1:56.690 19
15. Will Palmer Status Grand Prix 1:57.145 27
16. Giuliano Alesi Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.301 26
17. Mahaveer Raghunathan Campos Racing 1:57.347 32
18. Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1:57.765 20
19. Antoni Ptak Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.771 27
20. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:57.979 12
21. Rahul Raj Mayer Campos Racing 1:58.539 31

source: GP3 S

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