Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Kari fastest again on day two for MP Motorsport

Niko Kari topped the times for MP Motorsport on the second day of GP3's post-season test in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP3 test: Kari fastest again on day two for MP Motorsport

Kari - who was also quickest on the opening day of the test on Thursday - was again the only driver to set a lap time in the 1m54-second bracket.

Leonardo Pulcini and Giuliano Alesi completed the top three on middle day of the three-day event for Campos Racing and Trident respectively.

The day was again split into two sessions - held either side of the first Formula 2 running of the day at the Yas Marina circuit - with the field setting a flurry of fast times in the morning session.

Kari went fastest in that segment with a 1m54.733s, which he set shortly before the running was halted by red flags that had been brought out by Juan Manuel Correa stopping on the long main straight.

With only six drivers setting quicker times in the afternoon session, outgoing Red Bull junior Kari's morning effort therefore stood as the best time of the day.

Pulcini - Kari's team-mate at Arden International during the 2017 GP3 season - was 0.387 seconds slower than the Finn, but did top the afternoon session, with three-time reverse-grid winner Alesi 0.641s adrift of the top spot in third.

Trident runner Pedro Piquet was fourth ahead of European Formula 3 frontrunner Callum Ilott, who ended the afternoon session in second spot for ART Grand Prix.

Alessio Lorandi (Trident) was sixth overall, ahead of ART's Nikita Mazepin and Jehan Daruvala (Arden).

David Beckmann and Jake Hughes rounded out the top 10 for Jenzer Motorsport and ART respectively.

Will Palmer, the 2015 BRDC Formula 4 champion, was 16th overall, while Euro F3 and Macau Grand Prix star Ferdinand Habsburg finished 18th - the pair both driving for Arden.

Day two morning times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 1m54.733s - 17
2 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m55.120s 0.387s 16
3 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m55.374s 0.641s 22
4 Pedro Piquet Trident 1m55.375s 0.642s 31
5 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m55.401s 0.668s 29
6 Jehan Daruvala Arden International 1m55.472s 0.739s 25
7 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1m55.520s 0.787s 29
8 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.672s 0.939s 26
9 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1m55.743s 1.010s 25
10 Gabriel Aubry ART Grand Prix 1m55.985s 1.252s 30
11 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m55.992s 1.259s 30
12 Leonard Hoogenboom MP Motorsport 1m55.994s 1.261s 23
13 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1m56.171s 1.438s 31
14 Will Palmer Arden International 1m56.301s 1.568s 23
15 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1m56.341s 1.608s 28
16 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.358s 1.625s 25
17 Ferdinand Habsburg Arden International 1m56.409s 1.676s 32
18 Max Defourny MP Motorsport 1m56.505s 1.772s 27
19 Ben Hingeley Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.814s 2.081s 31
20 Louis Gachot Campos Racing 1m57.419s 2.686s 28

Day two afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m55.210s - 30
2 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1m55.398s 0.188s 35
3 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1m55.457s 0.247s 33
4 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m55.514s 0.304s 30
5 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 1m55.539s 0.329s 27
6 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m55.660s 0.450s 32
7 Pedro Piquet Trident 1m55.706s 0.496s 26
8 Jehan Daruvala Arden International 1m55.815s 0.605s 36
9 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.885s 0.675s 23
10 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m55.903s 0.693s 34
11 Gabriel Aubry ART Grand Prix 1m56.091s 0.881s 35
12 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.108s 0.898s 31
13 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1m56.135s 0.925s 33
14 Leonard Hoogenboom MP Motorsport 1m56.167s 0.957s 36
15 Ben Hingeley Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.313s 1.103s 31
16 Will Palmer Arden International 1m56.439s 1.229s 33
17 Max Defourny MP Motorsport 1m56.662s 1.452s 22
18 Ferdinand Habsburg Arden International 1m56.680s 1.470s 30
19 Louis Gachot Campos Racing 1m58.122s 2.912s 17
20 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1m59.202s 3.992s 7

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