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Mar 24

Fuoco fastest again on GP3 day three in Estoril

Trident’s Antonio Fuoco sets the pace on final day of pre-season test

GP3 - Antonio Fuoco (Trident)Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was quickest again on the third and final day of pre-season testing at Circuito Estoril in Portugal. The Italian’s best laptime of 1:27.293 was set in the morning session and was almost half a second faster than the best time set here last season with the previous generation car. Fuoco also led the way in the afternoon.

Blue skies and warmer temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock this morning. There was one addition to the driver line-up with Chinese Hongli Ye testing for Jenzer Motorsport. An early red flag halted the proceedings when Campos Racing’s Konstantin Tereshchenko spun. At the re-start, Arden International’s Jake Dennis was first to lap into the 1m27s ahead of teammate Jack Aitken.
It was a busy morning with the drivers concentrating on race simulations. ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc stopped on track which was covered by a brief red flag. Once the session continued, Dennis improved on his own personal best laptime. Fuoco then flew to the top of the timesheet – bettering the Brit’s time by almost half a second.
The session was briefly halted again after Fuoco and Artur Janosz both stopped on track, and once the track was green there were 25 minutes left on the clock. At the chequered flag, Fuoco remained in P1 ahead of Dennis, Alexander Albon, Sandy Stuvik, Nyck de Vries, Kevin Jörg, Aitken, Tatiana Calderon, Matevos Isaakyan and Santino Ferrucci.
Following a one hour break for lunch, the afternoon session got underway with Janosz setting the initial pace ahead of the DAMS duo of Jake Hughes and Jörg. There was a small interruption to proceedings when Stuvik stopped on track. Once the session was live again, Janosz continued to head the timesheet with the drivers working through their programme of race runs.
Rookie Ye made contact with the barrier at Turn 2 and Jörg stopped on track at the beginning of the final hour. Alex Palou and Oscar Tunjo jumped up the order to second and third respectively once the track activity resumed. In the final 15 minutes, Parry’s stoppage at Turn 5 caused a final red flag, but there was still more action to come as Fuoco improved to demote his teammate Janosz to second by lapping two tenths quicker.
Fuoco remained unchallenged as the test session concluded; Janosz, Palou, Tunjo, Parry, Akash Nandy, Dennis, Hughes, Jörg and Ye completed the top ten.
The second pre-season test with be held at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on April 07-08 2016.
Day Three – morning session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:27.293
31
2.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:27.775
34
3.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.051
29
4.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:28.065
35
5.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:28.173
24
6.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:28.231
46
7.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.247
26
8.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:28.323
33
9.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:28.366
26
10.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:28.399
32
11.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:28.408
25
12.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:28.428
29
13.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:28.442
31
14.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:28.599
25
15.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:28.649
23
16.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.663
27
17.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.765
34
18.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:28.947
38
19.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:28.992
26
20.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.052
30
21.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.129
14
22.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:29.143
30
23.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:30.183
21
24.
Hongli Ye
Jenzer Motorsport
1:30.785
37
Afternoon session
1.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:28.292
34
2.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:28.551
36
3.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.906
39
4.
Oscar Tunjo
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.975
24
5.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:29.203
36
6.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.323
40
7.
Jake Dennis
Arden Motorsport
1:29.826
40
8.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:29.867
46
9.
Kevin Jörg
DAMS
1:29.958
50
10.
Hongli Ye
Jenzer Motorsport
1:30.105
19
11.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:30.315
31
12.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:30.603
41
13.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:30.798
31
14.
Jack Aitken
Arden Motorsport
1:31.079
48
15.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Campos Racing
1:31.424
28
16.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:31.555
44
17.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:31.717
45
18.
Mahaveer Raghunathan
Koiranen GP
1:31.807
19
19.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:32.007
42
20.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:32.103
57
21.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:32.123
51
22.
Charles  Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:32.206
64
23.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:32.502
37
24.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International

source: GP3 Series

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